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The demonstration “Sharing chemistry with the community: The solubility and alkalinity of ammonia” by Kenneth Lyle and Penney Sconzo, Chem 13 News, November 2015 (pages 11-13) provides an excellent, colorful and safe version of the ammonia fountain.
We hear the word “passion” a lot. It used to belong in boudoirs and on dance floors. Now it’s in teacher resumes and in job descriptions. Teachers’ “passions” run the gamut from corporal punishment to iPads to microchemistry to “flipped” classrooms. And that’s okay.
In Canada, one challenge is to excite indigenous peoples about science, and chemistry in particular. For many years, with a series of student colleagues, we have been taking a Chemistry Show to schools in remote communities in western and central Newfoundland, coastal Québec, Labrador and even Nunavut (see References).
In August 2015, Educational Innovations was able to bring back goldenrod paper. For years, this paper had been discontinued, apparently because goldenrod paper was not able to be recycled. The fibers in the paper were saturated with golden colored dye.