"We've seen a lot of these kids grow up and get into chemistry because of their experience here. It has a lasting impression."
Chemistry is a science and an art. Seeing chemistry in action is a more adventurous avenue into learning.
On November 8, ChemFriends had their annual expo. ChemFriends was launched in 1997, and for the last 21 years it has raised awareness and interest towards science and chemistry.
The expo has two portions: day and night. The day portion is only open to Ascension Parish sixth and seventh grade students. These students come in on a bus from school and have the opportunity to learn things pertaining to chemistry.
"Public, private, and even home-schooled children have the opportunity to attend," Rick Bergeron, Co-chair of the event, said. "Students typically split into groups and go to four different demonstration booths. Each booth will have about a ten minute demonstration to learn from. We've seen a lot of these kids grow up and get into chemistry because of their experience here. It has a lasting impression."
After the day portion, the community was welcomed to check out the fun between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Gonzales Civic Center on 219 South Irma Avenue.
"The night portion is less organized, and the community can go to whichever stations they may find most interesting. They can also move at their own pace instead of staying ten minutes somewhere," Bergeron said.
The community had the opportunity to find out more about a particular company from actual Human Resource representatives. During the day, however, no brochures or handouts are given to students. They focus 100 percent on hands-on learning with science and education for their visit.
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