Explosions, chemical reactions captivate high school students

Nearly 90 high school junior and senior chemistry and physics students explored a variety of science concepts Friday, March 25, 2011, at the first-ever Science Fest at Black Hawk College – East Campus.

The students came from Alwood, Galva, Kewanee and Stark County high schools. Their day began with “Astounding, amazing and EXPLOSIVE demonstrations!” Students watched in awe as Black Hawk College instructors and students demonstrated oxidation with candles, cannons, liquid oxygen and gummy bear rocket fuel.

After the demonstrations, students rotated through sessions on Discover Metals, Explore the Physics of Flight, and Genetic Testing: Apply Your Knowledge of Chemistry.

During Explore the Physics of Flight, students made paper gliders and flew them inside the Ag Arena. In Discover Metals, students oxidized niobium wire to create colorful metal key chains.

Science Fest was generously supported by the Black Hawk East College Foundation.