Penn State Behrend hosts largest Chemistry Day to date

May 14, 2009

The School of Science at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, hosted its fourth annual Chemistry Day for 144 11th and 12th graders enrolled in the honors or advanced placement chemistry classes at their respective high schools -- an increase of 50 students versus previous years.

Chemistry Day is designed to reward top students with a day of friendly competition. Participating high schools included Maple Grove junior/senior from Bemus Point, N.Y. -- the winner in 2007 and 2008, Corry, Cochranton junior/senior, Collegiate Academy, Fairview, Fort LeBoeuf, General McLane, Harbor Creek, Iroquois, Maplewood, McDowell, Meadville and Strong Vincent.

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The students attended one of two Demonstration Extravaganzas, competed in two experiments, which were kept confidential until they arrived on campus, and played Chemistry Jeopardy.

Students from Fairview High School earned top honors this year; their winning team was JB3 (JB Cubed).

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  • With the help of some liquid nitrogen, Tracy Halmi, senior lecturer in chemistry and the Chemistry Day event’s coordinator, pours a stream of cool, white smoke into a beaker and, later, up the center aisle of the lecture hall in Otto Behrend Science Building. For more photos, click on the above image.

    IMAGE: John Fontecchio

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