Cool Chemistry

What is Cool Chemistry?

Cool Chemistry is an opportunity for girls in 7th and 8th grades to explore the wonders of chemistry with the Chemistry Chapter of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). 

When is it?

2021 date TBD

Where do we go?

Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis (located on the Northrop Mall on the University's East Bank campus)

What is the cost?

$10, scholarships are available. Let us know if you need one by contacting wisechem@umn.edu.

How do I register?

Registration for 2021 is currently unavailable.

Can I sign up a large group?

No. Space is limited, we only accept group registrations of five students or less. If you have a class or large group, contact the Department of Chemistry's Chemists in the Classroom program to schedule a demonstration program.

What will we do?

It's a lot of fun. You will participate in interactive, hands-on workshops and experiments, watch awesome, explosive demonstrations, and learn new skills that you can take home to wow and amaze your friends and neighbors. We provide an environment where you will work with other girls to use the scientific process of questioning, hypothesizing, and experimenting to solve relevant problems. Workshops include:

  • Fantastic Plastic!—Learn about the chemistry behind polymers. They are in everything from plastics to bullet-proof vests, nylon, superglue, diapers, and flexible keyboards. We will talk about where plastics come from and what plastics can do, and you will make some of your own to take home.
  • Bubbles and Glow—Have you ever wondered what makes a glow stick glow? Or why bath bubbles fizz? Learn about these reactions and how temperatures and pH can change them. You will make bath bubbles and play with glow sticks while learning about organic chemistry.
  • Energy—We're surrounded by energy every day: heat, light, and electricity. Learn how they may be the answer to current health and fuel crises. You will learn how sunscreen protects us from the sun's harmful rays. We will explain how catalysts work and how water splitting can be used as an alternative energy source.

Who sponsors Cool Chemistry?

Cool Chemistry is funded by these generous organizations:

  • University of Minnesota Women's Center, Office for Equity and Diversity
  • University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry
  • Fisher Scientific
  • Papa John's
  • ImmunoChemistry Technologies