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Chemistry Helps ‘Color Our World’

October 29, 2015

 

ACS members explained how the colors in the dye were caused by chemical processes–Photo by Brian Blakely

ACS members explained how the colors in the dye were caused by chemical processes–Photo by Brian Blakely

KEIERA BELL

Staff Reporter | klb072@latech.edu

 

Louisiana Tech’s American Chemical Society was tie-dying in Centennial Plaza last Wednesday as a demonstration to better students’ understanding of the chemical process in tie -dying.

 

The tie-dying event, was an interactive method for ACS to acknowledge National Chemistry Week and enlighten students to one of the many uses of chemicals.

 

Caroline Maxwell, ACS President, said the reason for the tie-dye event and art supply was because of their “Chemistry Colors Our World” theme.

 

She said the purpose was to show the relation between chemistry and all the colors around us.

 

Maxwell also said all donations from the art supply drive will be going to Hico Elementary School in Dubach as a service project and way to get supplies for the children.

 

“This is all to get students and people of the community to look at the objects that have color and know that there is some chemical process in it,” said Maxwell, a senior chemistry major.

 

Gaby Davis, a graduate student majoring in molecular science and nanotechnology, said it is their first time having an art supply drive for chemistry week this year.

 

She said she hopes the tie dying demonstration and explanation will help enlighten students and their understanding of how chemistry is all around and helps to make colors.

 

Maggie Beard, a sophomore animal science major, took part in the tie-dying event–Photo by Brian Blakely

Maggie Beard, a sophomore animal science major, took part in the tie-dying event–Photo by Brian Blakely

Chris Forester was in charge of making fliers, contacting people and updating websites about the event.

 

Forester is the public relations officer for Tech’s ACS chapter.

 

He said his job is mainly to make sure that people know ACS exists.

 

“Tie-dying is a chemical process that is just a fun demonstration of chemistry and coloring coming together,” said Forester, a junior chemistry major.

 

Forester said this event works perfectly with their theme, which focuses on the chemistry of food colors, natural dyes and pigments.

 

According to the American Chemical Society website, National Chemistry Week is a community based program of ACS.

 

It is an annual event uniting ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.

 

NCW encourages  chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level and has the goal of promoting the value of chemistry in daily life.

 

“Chemistry is responsible for tie-dye, colors and fireworks. I just hope it makes students think of the reason behind the colors they see,” said Maxwell.

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