UW-Green Bay Manitowoc faculty and students bring ‘Cool Chemistry’ show to the masses with a video version

For years, faculty members at UW-Green Bay’s Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses (formerly UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan) have been putting the “cool” in chemistry with Cool Chemistry shows each year to get kids (and their parents) excited about science.

The shows have been wildly popular since Prof. Kate Bichler first initiated them in 2003 at UW-Manitowoc. Later, Prof. Amy Kabrhel took over at Manitowoc and her husband, Prof. James Kabrhel has led shows on the Sheboygan Campus. Amy Kabrhel said it is not unusual to have 500 people attend two shows.

Because of the pandemic, the 2020 shows came to a standstill, but Amy Kabrhel and her students decided the show must go on.

“My CHEM 214 students and I couldn’t put on our annual Cool Chemistry shows this year, so we made a video of the demos up close so viewers can see some beautiful chemistry in the comfort of their homes. The video is geared toward children in elementary and middle school,” she said.

Anyone who has the technology can watch the video on YouTube.

Kabrhel hopes that it will continue to inspire students, their teachers and their parents to be interested and awed by science.

See the flyer:

Cool Chemistry Video 2021


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