Waco (KWKT) — The Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show made a stop at the Waco-McLennan County Library to teach children about colorful chemical reactions, experiments and what its like to be a scientist. The kids were dazzled with a balloon explosion and an eruption of Elephant Toothpaste, a foam created by the rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. The event was meant to get kids excited and interested in STEM programs.
The Chemistry Road Show has been touring around Texas for 30 years. Originally developed by Dr. John L. Hogg, who passed away on January, 2008, the show is kept alive through the animated teachings of Dr. Pennington,Texas A& M Chemistry Professor.
"If you can get the kids interested while younger, a lot of times they have a better chance of going into one of the STEM fields. Especially when they are younger a lot of times if all they see is the boring do calculations, its not as interesting but if they see it can lead to some fun stuff they they are more interested in doing the hard work that you have to do to back it up. "- Said Dr. Jim Pennington, Texas A&M University Chemistry Professor.
For more information on the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show or science experiments visit http://www.chem.tamu.edu/roadshow/