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Community Enjoys “Fizz, Pop and Boom” Activities at NFCC Chemistry Day Event

A group of NFCC students and community members helping with the Chemistry Day demonstrations are, front row (l-r), Levi Thomas Cook, Eyram Zayden Agama and Ethan Samuel Cook; and second/third row (l-r), Paula Jordan, Cameron Collins, Mathew Ortensie, Francis Agama, Shannon Dennis, Allison Cone, Jacob Bunting, Tia Jackson, Jacon Touchton and Taylor Linton.

MADISON, FL – The North Florida Community College Science Department hosted its first “Chemistry Day” project for the community on Dec. 13 at the NFCC Science Learning Center. The event was divided into two parts – a morning session for elementary and middle school students and an afternoon session geared toward high school students.

“The program was highly successful, fun-filled, educational, and very well attended,” said Francis Agama, NFCC chemistry instructor and event coordinator. “At the end of the program, most of the students and parents who were in attendance were elated and asked when the next showcase will be organized.”

According to Agama, the day would not have been possible without NFCC student volunteers. Thirteen NFCC chemistry students helped lead the event’s chemistry activities and demonstrations.

"I was very impressed with the commitment of the students to research, practice and present this chemistry show,” said Bonnie Littlefield, NFCC Biology Instructor. “They [NFCC students] did an excellent job in engaging and involving participants to help them experience the concepts. Students learn by doing and Mr. Agama works well with our students to encourage their learning through such activities."

Some of the “Fizz, Pop and Boom,” experiments included Emission Spectroscopy, Catalytic Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide, Fizz Wizard & Jammin’ Jelly Experiment, Elephant Toothpaste and How to Make Nylon. NFCC Chemistry students also showed guests how to boil and fry eggs with liquid nitrogen, how to make a lava lamp, a floating and suspended egg experiment, crazy color reactions, how to run a monster truck and car on salt water, a magic/disappearing water experiment, gas production experiments, and a singing quarter, among other visually and mentally stimulating demonstrations.

“I loved participating in NFCC's Chemistry Day,” said NFCC Student Paula Jordan. “I was happy to share how fun chemistry can be with a wide range of children.” NFCC Student Jacob Bunting also enjoyed helping out – “I had a lot of fun; it was great to see the turnout of people interested in the chemistry program we have here,” said Bunting. “I hope to do this again in the future.”

"I enjoyed the chemistry demonstration as much as the kids," said NFCC Student Shannon Dennis.

'I feel like the program was a great experience for the spectators and participants, giving them a chance to attain a better understanding of chemistry and having the chance to be a part of some really cool and fun experiments,” said NFCC Student Cameron Collins.

The date of the next NFCC “Chemistry Day” event is being planned and will be announced to the public once the details are in place. For more information, contact NFCC Chemistry Instructor Francis Agama at 850-973-1646 or agamaf@nfcc.edu.

: NFCC Student Jacon Touchton assists with Chemistry Day at NFCC on Dec. 13.

NFCC Student Taylor Linton, far right, leads a demonstration for Chemistry Day on Dec. 13 at NFCC.

Children take part in a demonstration during Chemistry Day on Dec. 13 at NFCC.

Daniel Dudley distributes hand-held spectroscopies to young children participating in the emission spectroscopy demonstration during Chemistry Day at NFCC on Dec. 13.



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