published Friday, October 26th, 2012

Young chemists get hands-on at Chattanooga's Creative Discovery Museum

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    Creative Discovery Museum in downtown Chattanooga.
    Contributed photo, CDM.

Creative Discovery Museum will mark the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week with experiments involving chemical reactions Saturday.

This year's theme, "Nanotechnology: The Smallest Big Idea in Science," will explore the discoveries chemists have made that have improved our health, enhanced energy efficiency and enriched the quality of materials.

From noon to 4 p.m., students from Girls Preparatory School's honors chemistry class and students from chemistry clubs in the area will be on hand to assist younger guests with experiments. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Chemistry touches every aspect of our lives, from the complex reactions that occur in our bodies to the products we use on a daily basis," said Karen Dewhirst, science manager at CDM. "Chemistry Fun Day is a unique opportunity to make chemistry fun, approachable and relevant to children and their parents."

National Chemistry Week is sponsored in part by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network. Known as NISE Net, the organization has developed and funded a new nano mini-exhibition that will be installed in the museum's Inventor's Clubhouse this fall.

The event is included with paid admission, $11.95, to the museum, 321 Chestnut St. For more information, call 756-2738 or visit

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