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Chemistry Demo Field Trips

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Enhance Chemistry for Your Students! Make chemistry come alive for your fifth and sixth grade students through a series of highly visual chemical demonstrations at this exciting program.

Faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, under the leadership of Professor Emeritus Larry Louters, engage students in several chemical experiments and explain the science behind the demonstrations at a level that upper elementary students understand. Our program offers a great opportunity to blend your classroom chemistry curriculum with a visual translation of these chemical concepts, leaving students with a greater understand of "how chemistry works" and a desire to learn more about the science.

Professor Louters is one of Calvin's most-beloved professors and presented at Calvin's high-profile January Series with the talk "Demonstrating the Wonders of Chemistry: Discovering God's Majesty in the Minuscule". Professor Louters earned Calvin's Professor of the Year and the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching. He was also recognized as one of The Princeton Review Best 300 Professors. His love for the field of chemistry is passed on to the upcoming generations of scientists and scholars through the annual "Chem Demos" program. 

This dynamic 75-minute program is free and is offered for ten sessions in May in the Gezon Auditorium at Calvin University. All local school groups and the home school community are invited and encouraged to attend.

*NOTE- In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the annual "Chem Demos" program will NOT be offered during the 2019-2020 school year. The registration site has been closed. Please check back at a later date for updates on future presentation offerings. (Updated 4/15/2020)*

Student Comments on our Program

"The experiments you did for us were amazing!"

"I really liked it when you set the rag and methane bubbles on fire. That was the best field trip of the year!"

"I'm really into chemistry now!"

"My friends and I had a great time with the exploding balloons, glowing tubes, and fire."

"My favorite part was when you turned the fire all different colors."

"Thank you for letting me go on stage; the whole thing was cool!"

"I didn't know that things can burn but not REALLY be burned because of how chemistry works..."

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Register Your Class To Attend!

Prior registration is REQUIRED for students and chaperones to attend a presentation. Information about registration is released during the Spring semester of each school year, Please check at a later time for information regarding the registration process. 

Please note that registrations will be accepted online ONLY. No registrations will be accepted via email or phone. The registration site will be visible through the Eventbrite website. We appreciate your patience and cooperation with the registration process.  If you are planning a trip to a presentation for multiple schools, please be sure to register each school individually in order to properly account for all visiting schools. 

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