Mount students help young scientists explore colorful chemistry

June 02, 2017
Newburgh, NY -

Science Students June 2017

About a dozen Mount chemistry students volunteered at the recent Nora Cronin Presentation Academy Science Day. Photo provided.

Mount Saint Mary College science students recently wowed the seventh and eighth graders of Nora Cronin Presentation Academy with colorful chemistry activities after school.

The youngsters learned how to make slime, Shrinky Dinks, and “pop rockets” with household products; tested for starch in foods; and more.

The Mount students have been participating in community service projects throughout the semester as a part of chemistry professor Lynn Maelia’s Chemical Principles II course. This has been a requirement of the course for more than 15 years.

Other activities the students have lent their skills to include judging science fair projects at the Heritage Middle School science fair, running hands-on forensics activities at the Girls Rock STEM Day at SUNY New Paltz, and overseeing Family Science Night with Newburgh’s Project L.I.F.E.

Courses from earth science to organic chemistry, taught by the Mount’s expert faculty, are the backbone for the college’s strong degree programs in biology or chemistry. They also prepare students for graduate study – including physician assistant, medical, veterinary, and dental school – and for careers in industry or education. Students engage in research with faculty, service opportunities, and internships at science-related sites ranging from healthcare providers and laboratories to attractions like Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom.

Science Students June 2017

Science Students June 2017

Left: Mount “Chemistry Ambassadors” assist a young student with forensic activities during Girls Rock STEM Day at SUNY New Paltz. Photo provided.
Right: With the aid of Mount Saint Mary College science majors, a young student creates slime during Project L.I.F.E.’s Family Night. Photo provided.