Posts Tagged ‘4-H Science Saturday’

UMaine 4-H Science Saturday – Fun with High Temperatures – Making Beautiful Glass Beads on a Wire

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, open to youth in grades 6 – 8. What happens to materials at high temperatures when they start glowing red-hot or white-hot? Why do some materials withstand high temperatures and others do not? How are high temperature materials used in many important technologies in everyday life? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this hands-on laboratory activity involving high temperature materials. Participants will heat copper and nichrome wires and Borax to extremely high temperatures to make their own piece of jewelry consisting of a beautifully colored glass bead on a wire. The glass bead colors and other properties will be explained by understanding the high temperature reactions and the atomic scale structure of the materials. In addition, participants will learn about research activities being carried out in UMaine’s Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology (LASST) in the area of high temperature sensor materials. Cost is $15.00 per person; register online.

4-H Science Saturday March 8 at UMaine

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

“Kitchen Chemistry” is the focus of a 4-H Science Saturday workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. March 8, 2014 at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation.

Youth in grades 6–8 will be challenged to identify a problem or opportunity for innovation and invent a product. Once a product is created, a commercial will be made to raise consumer awareness and interest. Lunch will be followed by a presentation of the Mainely Physics Road Show from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall.

Registration is $15 and includes lunch. Maximum enrollment is 25. Registration is available online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Jessica Brainerd at 207.581.3877.