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Keshequa eighth-graders visit Alfred University, learn about chemistry and glassblowing
12/13/17

Andrew Horning, a Keshequa Central School eighth-grader, makes a tie-dye t-shirt.

Andrew Horning, a Keshequa Central School eighth-grader, makes a tie-dye t-shirt.

ALFRED, NY – A group of approximately 40 eight-grade students from the Keshequa Central School District visited Alfred University Monday, where they were given presentations by chemistry faculty as well as a demonstration in glassblowing.

The students were divided into groups and participated in three sessions: two of them in the chemistry department in Myers Hall; the third in the hot glass studio in Binns-Merrill Hall.

Ann Rossington, chemistry technician, oversaw a session where students crafted tie-dye t-shirts, made candles, and created a chemical reaction using zinc to change the color of pennies to silver and gold.

Andrew Eklund, professor of chemistry, and David Marsh, assistant professor of chemistry, gave several demonstrations on chemical reactions.

Garrett McGowan, professor of chemistry, supervised a session in the hot glass studio where Alfred students gave demonstrations on glassblowing and glass sculpture.