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WVU Holds Annual Children's Chemistry Show

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MORGANTOWN -

Children and their parents received a first hand lesson in Chemistry on Saturday.

The West Virginia University Chemistry Department showed some kids research, experiments, and even a few explosions. It put on its third annual Children's Chemistry Show in Clark Hall.

"We just came out with our kids today so they could experience science a little bit," said Matt Brunner, the father of one of the children attending the show. "See what's cool about it what's fun about it."

Terry Gullion puts on the event each year. He helps put on a show of firing experiments and says it's important to get young kids interested in science.

"Get kids at an early age thinking about science, interested in science, actually it is a very interesting thing to do," said Gullion, a Chemistry Professor at WVU. "We see it around, we all benefit from it. We need more kids to think about a science career, not everybody, but those that might get excited about it if they see it."

After the classroom demonstrations the kids can do hands on experiments. Each hand on experiment deals with the five senses.

"They learned about how things mixed together to make different things, they learned how to make elephant toothpaste and learned about solids that turned into liquids things like that," said Brunner.

The event is completely free and the Chemistry Department does it to help steer children into a career in the science field.

"I think kids need to see these things and just what are their opportunities. Chemistry, Biology, History, Art whatever. Something that inspires them," said Gullion. "I just remember seeing these things as a kid and I just thought, again it's really just for when I did it for primary school. When you see those kids that are really into it and I think that's really the key."

"I think it's a great experience for the kids to come out and get exposed to science," said Brunner. "I think it's a great opportunity for them."

Hundreds of people came out for the event. Children over the age of 11 even got to do a special experiment with Gullion.