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Chem Club slates virtual Chemistry Demo for April 16

April 7, 2021

The Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club invites the public to its annual Chemistry Demo Night to be held virtually via Zoom, with the interactive livestream to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16.

Register to attend the virtual event.

This year’s theme is “Kitchen Chemistry,” featuring some experiments everyone can perform at home using readily available materials. The event is free and suitable for all ages.

“We started planning this at the end of fall semester and have worked hard for this moment,” Chemistry Club President Kari Kress says. “There was a lot of behind-the-scenes work that went on. However, I think it’s important for kids to know that science is everywhere. You can turn your own kitchen into a science lab — as long as you don’t take it too far.”

Faculty and staff members helping with this year’s demo include the Chemistry Club’s faculty advisor, Professor Oliver Hofstetter, as well as Len Lennergard and James Barker from NIU’s Integrated Media Technologies office.

“While it is unfortunate that this year’s Chem Demo cannot be held in a face-to-face format, we hope that our audience will appreciate our effort to put together this virtual show,” Hofstetter says. “I am sure that they will enjoy watching these experiments, some of which they can even do at home.”

The show will include many new experiments such as Luke Ali’s “Edible Halo-Halo Dessert with Glowing Jell-O” and Corey Weinberg’s “Flammable Coffee Creamer.”

NIU’s Chemistry Club typically hosts an in-person demonstration show. Due to public health guidance, this year’s presentation will take place on Zoom.

“I’m so excited that we can once again perform these experiments for the public,” says Weinberg, Chemistry Club vice president. “Events like these are what really defines the NIU Chem Club, and everyone in the club has gone above and beyond to take time out of an already difficult school year to show their passion for chemistry and making people smile. We hope you enjoy the virtual show, and we can’t wait to see you all back in person.”

More information about this event and other activities of the Chem Club can be found on Facebook at Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club or Instagram @niu_chemclub.

For questions, please contact Kari Kress at [email protected]