Club Spotlight: Chemistry Club

By Allen He

Are you into chemistry? Do you like explosions and setting things on fire? Do you just really like Dr. Saar since he’s an awesome teacher? You should check out Chemistry Club!

Silver and Gold Pennies: Photo courtesy of Daniella Ibarra

Silver and Gold Pennies: Photo courtesy of Marcela Ibarra

Run by Dr. Saar and Co-Presidents Ryan Rosen and Eric Wasserman, the club explores the wonders of chemistry by performing enjoyable and interactive demonstrations. Dr. Saar sometimes digs these experiments up from books, resulting in “old favorites” that have been repeated over the years. Other times, the demonstrations are newly discovered on the Internet or suggested by students. This allows each week to bring a fresh experience to the club.

Co-Presidents Rosen and Wasserman both have a deep interest in chemistry that they wish to pursue in college and hope to share their knowledge and curiosity with all the club members. Wasserman says that “chemistry explains a lot about the natural world we live in, and it’s a nice mixture between math, information, and concepts.” Rosen enjoys the fact that chemistry is involved in every aspect of life and is excited by the endless possibilities that come with chemistry.

Vanishing Valentine Experiment- Photo Courtesy of Nick Beninati

Vanishing Valentine Experiment Photo Courtesy of Nick Beninati

Of course, Wasserman and Rosen have also worked on keeping the demonstrations interesting and impressive while continuing to teach chemistry. They do this by selecting experiments that are usually more fire-based or performing experiments that grab people’s attention. Every week, Chemistry Club brings its members an engaging and often interactive demonstration. In the past, students have created their own bouncy balls, lit thermite on fire, perpetuated a long chain of metal beads, created giant towers of green fire, and made gas balloons explode.

Dr. Saar and the Co-Presidents work hard to make Chemistry Club both enjoyable and educational for its members. Every week there is a large turnout of interested students spanning all grades. If Chemistry Club seems interesting, you can join them after school on Friday afternoons in room H229.

Post Explosion: Photo Courtesy of Daniella Ibarra

Post Explosion: Photo Courtesy of Marcela Ibarra

Pre-explosion: Photo Courtesy of Daniella Ibarra

Pre-explosion: Photo Courtesy of Marcela Ibarra

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