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Wesley Students Participate in National Chemistry Week Celebration

kids-n-chem-nov-5-2016Wesley College organic chemistry students participated in a National Chemistry Week Celebration organized by the Delaware American Chemical Society Section (ACS). The Delaware ACS National Chemistry Week event was held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Independence School in Newark, Del.

This year’s ACS theme celebrated solving mysteries through chemistry by detecting the identity of an individual by using different chemical techniques. Approximately 300 elementary and middle school students participated in the event.

Wesley science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors, using safe household materials, demonstrated six experiments that had close relevance to the ACS theme. Eleven of the Wesley participants are also Cannon Scholars.

“The students really enjoy the opportunity to showcase the wonder of science to young children,” said Wesley Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research  Dr. Malcolm D’Souza.

Aditya Bajaj served as the team leader and designed the experimental program as well as confirmed that each group was competent in the relevant procedures: strawberry DNA extractions, pen chromatography, secret messages using a Frixion pen and secret messages using lemon juice, powder analysis, candy choreography (chromatography), and fingerprinting.

The Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), NSF S-STEM (Cannon Scholar) program and Delaware IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) programs provided the necessary financial support for the Wesley activities.

Pictured from Left to Right: Morgan Gannon, Lucie Sainte, Josephine Veeria, Sharnice Wallace, Dinh Ngo, Austin Lonski, Kanisha Blake, Shantae Taylor, Aditya Bajaj, Logan Minner, Jeremy Wirick, Jordan Brockwell, and Lily Neff.