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SCF Collegiate School Students Turn Pennies Gold

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 15, 2016) — State College of Florida Collegiate School students turned pennies gold and learned to identify chemicals by the color of the flame they produce during a recent science day put on by the American Chemical Society (ACS) student affiliate at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF).

The ACS student organization, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Gambino, planned the outreach for the Collegiate School’s sixth-grade class to get them excited about science. The students who participated seemed to enjoy working with the college students and participating in several hands-on science experiments. Several of the senior students in the ACS club who helped put on the event, first participated in the outreach events as middle-school students.

In one experiment, students were able to use a chemical that turned pennies a gold color. In another, students used a Bunsen burner to put six different chemicals on cotton swabs into a flame to determine the chemical from the color of the flame.

The ACS group also ordered in pizza for lunch. For more information about ACS, contact Gambino at gambina@SCF.edu

James Miril shows off a penny that he turned gold.Connor Gibbens identifies chemicals.

James Miril shows off a penny that he turned gold.       Connor Gibbens identifies chemicals.

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