May 10, 2018
Student at science fair
Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Student Association (CBGSA) members inspire young chemists at local elementary school science fair.
 
At El Marino Elementary School’s annual science fair in Culver City on April 27, 2018, the volunteers demonstrated numerous scientific properties such as magnetism, hydrophobicity, and light diffraction. The children at the event learned about these properties through various interactive demonstrations and animated discussions with the volunteers. The volunteers used simple household items to demonstrate fun activities such as "Magnet Race", "Milk Art", and the "Alka Seltzer Lava Lamp".
 
Salvador Bernardino (left) and Luke Sisto (right) help students make “Milk Art” using milk, food dye, and dish soap.
 
(Left) Jessica Logan and Edris Rivera talk with a parent about the “Alka Seltzer Lava Lamp” which is made using a plastic soda bottle, salad oil, food coloring, Alka-Seltzer, and water. (Right) Marcus Jellen explains the “Magnet Race” to an intrigued student.
 
(Left) Vince Hipwell shines a laser pointer through diffraction gratings, producing the pattern on the table.(Right) Annabelle Cantu guides a student through the “Milk Art” demonstration.
 
Formed in 2012, the UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Student Association (CBGSA) aims to better the the department, the university, and the community through leadership and service. They bring graduate students together for social and service activities, encourage student participation in outreach programs, and provide students opportunities to explore postgraduate opportunities. Overall, their goal is to facilitate interaction between students, faculty, and staff, for the betterment of the department, by increasing graduate student involvement. All UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students are invited to join the CBGSA.  
 
To learn more about CBGSA outreach events, please email cbgsaucla@gmail.com.
 
Many thanks to Trevor Chang for providing the article and photos.