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Watch fire-breathing pumpkins, courtesy of UAB chem students

Posted Oct 22 2010 12:00am
Grab your eye goggles, it's time to get your beaker and burner on!

Chemistry majors in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences are celebrating National Chemistry Week . Coordinated by the American Chemical Society, National Chemistry Week was developed to build interest in chemistry and science in grade school classrooms. This year's theme is "Behind the Scenes," and activities related to the week are exploring how chemistry helps bring special effects in movies to life.

The U.S. isn't doin' too hot in science and math on the global stage. But you wouldn't know it at UAB. Our chemistry majors and faculty are hosting three days of experiments at the Galleria Mall in Hoover to show off the cool side of science as we wrap up National Chemistry Week. They'll have a booth by the first-level food court, and families are welcomed to stop by and make slime or watch chemistry experiments conducted live and in person by UAB students.

This morning, bright and early, some of the UAB chemistry majors who will be at the Galleria Mall appeared on CBS 42 News "Wake Up Alabama" to showcase some of the cool experiments that they will be conducting at the Galleria, including a fire-breathing pumpkin, squeezing an egg into a bottle with heated air and combining selected liquids to create a rapidly expanding "toothpaste-like" substance.

The dates and times for UAB Chemistry's celebration of National Chemistry Week areFriday, Oct. 22 -- 3 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 -- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24 -- 12 to 6 p.m.

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