URI hosts chemistry camp for middle school girls

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WHO: URI Chemistry Professor Mindy Levine, URI chemistry students, and a group of middle school girls from throughout Rhode Island.

WHAT: A weeklong chemistry camp for girls designed to ignite a passion for science. Levine seeks to reverse the trend of girls losing interest in science during their middle school years. The camp features hands-on experiments, motivational guest speakers, and field trips. On Friday morning, the students will make their own pH indicator using red cabbage and test the acidity of a wide variety of household fluids like ammonia, soda and Tums. They will also study “non-Newtonian fluids” by making gak and slime from common products.

WHEN: The camp runs all week April 21-25, but media are encouraged to visit the camp on Friday, April 25, between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Fogarty Hall rooms 028 and 115, 41 Lower College Road, Kingston.

CONTACT: For information about covering the camp, contact Dave Lavallee in the URI Department of Communications and Marketing at 401-874-5862 or dlavallee@uri.edu.