Maren Zanotti again spearheaded the Section's participation at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, which coincided with the Center’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 18. From 8:30am to 4pm Students from WMU and Kalamazoo College chemistry clubs worked in tandem to distribute copies of an activity-packed theme-related publication, Celebrating Chemistry, titled “Climate Science: More than just a Weather Report” and developed by the American Chemical Society, and to help youngsters make chromatography butterflies. As always, families were most appreciative of the science-related information and hands-on project.
The following Saturday, April 25, was a cold, overcast day, so the “outdoor” program planned by the Oshtemo Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library was moved indoors. The library staff arranged for us to have a table in the entrance hallway, and as in previous years it gave us a great opportunity to interact with the families that were there for the planned Music event. Brian Eklov and Lydia Hines were able to draw in about 50 children with demos of “Magic Sand"rdquo:, color-changing beads, and “indicator” demonstrations. Parents happily followed their children to our table and copies of Celebrating Chemistry were gratefully received; the first patron at our table was a 4 th grade science teacher and she was so excited to hear about our KACS offerings through the year!