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February 09, 2009

Greatest chemistry videos

image from Kent's Video Chemical Demonstrations

Back when I was in grade school, chemistry was totally cool, even bad-ass. It still is, but you'd never know it from the wimpy live-in-fear-of-an-accident-or-terorism way that chemistry is taught these days. And don't get me started on how chemistry sets have been emasculated over the years.

The time has come for chemistry to get its mojo back, to once again convince kids that chemistry can be as cool as computers or art or anything else their schools have to offer. If you need some help, sit your kids down in front of this great collection of videos from Kent's Chemistry Page.(*) Magnesium burning inside dry ice! Gummy Bears dying in potassium chlorate! Mixing thermite and liquid nitrogen! Great stuff.

(*)I have no idea who this Mr. Kent is. I gather from his extremely old-school website, he's a high school chemistry teacher somewhere.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at February 9, 2009 10:17 PM

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Hi:

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Posted by: MXS at February 14, 2009 10:49 AM