Posted: Friday, March 27, 2015

Chemistry is FUN! Upcoming celebration makes chemistry come alive and fosters interest in learning and discovery for children of all ages by participation in hands-on activities! We demonstrate fundamental principles of chemistry through explorations of dry ice, liquid nitrogen ice cream, the production of slime, instant snow, and other fun activities. The goal is to inspire students to focus on chemical science and pursue a career in a chemistry-related field. The event will take place Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Roper Mountain Science Center.

Earth Day was first officially recognized on April 22, 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for a healthy environment, raise awareness about environmental issues, and remind people that we all need to contribute to a sustainable planet.

For years, chemists have been promoting a better world through recyclable plastics, cleaner-burning fuels, phosphate-free detergents, environmental monitoring, and green chemistry initiatives. Join Roper Mountain Science, the Western Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society, and community organizations for hands-on activities, presentations, stage shows, demonstrations and loads of FUN as we illustrate the important role that chemistry plays in our world.

Chemistry is FUN activities include:

  • The Nutty Scientist of Greenville presents A Salute to Earth Day Stage Show!
  • Make Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream with the Clemson University Chemistry Club!
  • Explore Dry Ice! with Valeant Pharmaceuticals, North America
  • Get your hands on chemistry with Newberry College!
  • Interact with electricity
  • Discover what's in the air we breathe
  • See how chemistry lights the way
  • Explore Chemistry with Tetramer Technologies, L.L.C
  • Make and take your own SLIME chemical reaction!
  • Look for information and displays about how animals and plants use chemicals to survive.
  • Make a paper bag Earth Puppet!
  • Learn about the problem of acid rain—and some solutions!
  • Dolphin skeleton assembly
  • “Animal X-Ray” Quiz Board and “Tree ID” Quiz Board!
  • Try “Earth Offenders” 2-liter bowling!

Other activities will include the planetarium show The Enchanted Reef and solar viewing in the Daniel Observatory. On the Living History farm learn about acids and bases while we dye with cochineal or visit the blacksmith for a little chemistry lesson right in the fire! In the Harrison Hall of Natural Science Discovery Rooms, Ecology and Marine Labs, and Tropical Rainforest, visitors can touch and hold live animals! In the Butterfly Garden watch spring come alive and have fun with a family scavenger hunt! So much to do, see, and experience for visitors of ALL ages!

Chemistry is FUN! Saturday hours are 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Admission is: $5 for children (age 5-12); $6 for Teens and Adults (ages 13-59); and $5 for senior citizens (age 60 and over). All events are included in the general admission to the Center. No admission is charged for children 4 and under or RMSC Association members.

Roper Mountain Science Center is owned and operated by Greenville County Schools as an educational resource for teachers, students, families and adults. Roper Mountain Science Center is located at 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, South Carolina. Check out the Center's website at for directions to the Center or information about special events and other programs. For further information, please call the Center at (864) 355-8900.

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