Think back to your days in chemistry. What tools were most useful to you? Your goggles? A lab coat? Maybe it was the notebook where you scribbled furiously so as not to forget anything? There’s probably another tool you might have forgotten, that has proven itself extremely useful for generations of students and scientists: the periodic table of elements. Continue reading “The Father of the Periodic Table”
This Fourth of July, many families will be wrapping up their festivities by going to see a blazing, brilliant firework show. No matter if it’s your local community or Navy Pier in Chicago, people of all ages marvel at the stunning displays of color and sound. Firework displays have become very sophisticated, and every year you many notice some shapes that you have not seen the previous year. Have you ever wondered how those shapes and colors are made? Well, you have science to thank, particularly chemistry. Continue reading “The Science of Fireworks”
Politicians don’t talk about it, but perhaps the most important stimulus to the US economy comes in a cup – the coffee cup. Millions consider the ancient and awesome bean critical to their daily productivity. If you’re a coffee drinker, come be a coffee thinker – and coffee scientist – to learn about this fascinating elixir.
Illinois Science Council brings back our popular “Chemistry for Adults” series in collaboration with Second Chance Coffee Company for a unique Chemistry of Coffee event with Dr. Shelby Hatch (ISC’s Chemist-in-Residence) and the coffee experts behind the fantastic I Have a Bean coffee. Whether you’re a daily connoisseur or just occasionally partake, come get the inside scoop on the coffee bean.
This event is not just a talk or tasting (although there will definitely be tasting!). You will engage in hands-on chemistry experiments and leave with insider info to improve your morning coffee routine and dazzle your friends with your knowledge. Through discussion and experimentation, you’ll learn about: the selection of the coffee bean; the process of roasting; particle size and surface area; chemical changes that take place in roasting and brewing; concentrations (dosage); temperature; pre-infusion (time and volume); and find out what is most important of these for taste. No science prerequisite is necessary, only curiosity!
Take this opportunity to come to the Loop on a Saturday and experience the Christkindlmarket, Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival on Daley Plaza or the many shopping and entertainment options in and around Block 37. Space is limited – sign up now!
Second Chance Coffee Company was founded in Wheaton, IL in 2007 to accomplish two things—roast and distribute truly exceptional coffee, and help transform the lives of post-prison people in the process. The company roasts and distributes coffee under the brand name “I Have a Bean.” Learn about their great business model and mission here.
Latinicity is a unique dining option in the heart of downtown Chicago featuring 8 innovative kitchen stations of Latin flavor, a coffee café, full bar and lounge, and a sit-down Mexican restaurant situated inside the food hall. Latinicity knows how to pair it’s excellent food with excellent beverages, including I Have a Bean coffee.
ISC’s Chemistry for Adults programs have included Chemistry of… Beer with Metropolitan Brewing, Whiskey with Koval Distillery, Chocolate with Blommer Chocolate, Spirits with CH Distillery, and Honey with the Notebaert Nature Museum, as well as cosmetics chemistry. Visit IllinoisScience.org to sign up for our mailing list of future programs.
Glass is a solid, right? Obviously. You touch it, your finger doesn’t go through. You stand it upright, it doesn’t collapse. You whack a baseball through it, and it shatters into a million pieces. Continue reading “Glass: Solid or Liquid?”