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( January 7, 1999)
CUSTER HIGH GRADUATE AT SDSM& T DEMONSTRATES “ MAD FOAMING BATH” DURING CHEMISTRY OUTREACH PROGRAM TO GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Keri Bachmeier of Hermosa, a 1997 graduate of Custer High School and a sophomore senior chemistry major at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T), was a big hit when she recently presented her “ Mad Foaming Bath” demonstration to fourth and fifth grade students in Rapid City. As part of their SDSM& T Chemistry Outreach class, Bachmeier and several other students featured some of the magical properties of chemistry in a program presented to Robbinsdale Elementary School students.
After mixing up her “ Mad Foaming Bath” solution, Bachmeier turned out the lights and showed the grade school students the glow- in- the- dark red and blue colors that resulted from the chemical reaction of the solution. The program was enthusiastically received by the grade school students and their teachers. “ This has been a wonderful exposure to science for our students,” said Sheila Johnson, teacher at Robbinsdale Elementary School. “ We’ve all learned a lot.”
ChemOutreach 228 is a new course at SDSM& T that is an integrated class of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors working collectively and with each other. Coordinators of the class are Dr. David Boyles, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Steve McDowell, Chair of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering and Associate Professor of Chemistry.
Bachmeier and the other chemistry students will be presenting their demonstrations again to area K- 12 students during a special Engineers Week program entitled “ The Miracles of Chemistry” at 11: 00 am, Friday, February 26, 1999, in the Surbeck Ballroom. Additional information about participating in Engineers Week activities can be obtained by calling the SDSM& T Vice President’s Office at 394- 2256.
Photo Caption: Keri Bachmeier of Hermosa mixes up her “ Mad Foaming Bath” solution before turning out the lights to demonstrate the glow- in- the- dark red and blue colors that resulted from the chemical reaction. ( Photo courtesy of SDSM& T University & Public Relations)
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