Saturday, Oct. 20 was National Chemistry Day at the New York State Museum. This year’s theme was “Chemistry is out of this world,” and GHS Chemistry Club students were there to prove just that.
The GHS Chemistry Club students hosted a booth where they created three activities for elementary-level students on the efficacy of certain sunscreens. The high-schoolers tested the effect of various sunscreens on UV beads and helped the young scientists make their own UV bead bracelets to test UV exposure at home and outside. GHS students also helped participating children play a wavelength matching game using the electromagnetic spectrum.
“A number of event organizers shared with me that they are always impressed by the enthusiasm of [GHS] students and how they share science with children,” said Alicia McTiernan, GHS chemistry teacher and Chemistry Club Advisor. “It is a testament to the fabulous work our entire faculty, especially our science teachers, do with our students. Also, [look at this photo, below] and notice the number of females! Only five Nobel Prizes in chemistry have been awarded to women… not for long according to the caliber of work in the GHS Chemistry Club!”