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

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.

Page Edit