Chemistry has a bad reputation.

Chemistry has a bad reputation.
“People think it’s dull and boring,” said Lindsay Nance, treasurer of the Pittsburg State University Chemistry Club. “We want to show that it can be fun.”
Club members have been putting on chemistry magic shows, including four Saturday at Meadowbrook Mall.
“We do shows for schools all over, and did one at Countryside Christian Church,” Nance said. “It’s really fun working with children.”
“Our motto is ‘Chemistry Is Life’,” said Yury Kuzmichev, Chemistry Club president. “Chemistry is everywhere. If I scramble eggs and make juice for breakfast, it’s chemistry.”
The students did a variety of chemical tricks for audiences at the mall, with children serving as volunteer assistants. All were required to wear protective goggles as a safety precaution.
Nance opened the show with a trick with oxygen, then changed a glass of clear water from yellow to purple, then back to yellow.
“What do you do before you go to bed? You brush your teeth,” Kuzmichev said. “How much toothpaste do you think an elephant would need — a lot, right? Let’s make toothpaste for an elephant.”
Nance squirted a small amount of liquid soap into a tall plastic tube placed on the floor, then Kuzmichev and a young volunteer added secret ingredients, and foamy suds overflowed the tube.
Kuzmichev also placed mints in bottles of diet cola, which caused the contents to explode out of the bottles. “Carbon dioxide in the diet cola gets into small pores in the mint,” he said. “This trick won’t work with regular cola.”
One of the favorite parts of the show came at the end, when Nance whipped up some chocolate milk and ice cream mix, then added some liquid nitrogen.
“It’s at minus 300 degrees, a lot colder than ice and a lot colder than your freezer,” she said.
Dylan Petty, 4, found that out as he sampled his cup of ice cream. “It’s cold,” he said, grabbing the top of his head. “Brain freeze!”
“The show was very educational,” said his mother, Melissa Petty. “It’s a great thing they can come out here and do such a demonstration.”
The last shows scheduled will be on Wednesday, when two shows will be presented on the west side of Heckert-Wells for visiting sixth-graders from Royster Middle School, Chanute.