UNI to host 'Halloween House' for children and their families

October 19, 2017

Colin Weeks, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry, 319-273-2805, colin.weeks@uni.edu

Martin Chin, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, 319-273-7898, martin.chin@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter, in collaboration with students from the biology, physics and earth science departments, will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The activities are intended for children, and costumes are encouraged.

Students will be performing Halloween-themed science demonstrations and supervising hands-on activities in rooms such as "Witches’ Lair," "Frankenstein's Lab," "Creepy Crawlies" and "Triassic Terrors."

"This is a family-friendly fun-filled evening that is guaranteed to get people of all ages excited about Halloween and science," said Katherine Plotzke, co-president of the American Chemical Society student chapter.

“Come enjoy some spooky chemistry at the UNI Halloween House – there is color, there is fire, what more can you want?” said Dmytro Kravchuk, vice president of the American Chemical Society student chapter.

"Halloween House" is organized by the UNI student chapter of the American Chemical Society, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, the UNI Physics Club, the Gamma Sigma Chapter of the Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, UNI Pre-Med Club and UNI STEM Ambassadors. The event encompasses STEM activities.

“Our students really enjoy showing the children and other visitors why they are interested in science and explaining to them the science behind these exciting demonstrations,” said Colin Weeks, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

For additional information, contact Collin Weeks, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2805 or colin.weeks@uni.edu, or Martin Chin, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-7898 or martin.chin@uni.edu.