Science National Honor Society Grabs Attention
The Science National Honor Society (SNHS) certainly captured attention as it held its first event in the middle of campus recently. Jathin Gadiparthi, SNHS president, ran the event with the help of the SNHS officers: Amber Morgan, Caleb Sheyda, and Trevor Meder; which was overseen by Dr. Ramirez, Upper School chemistry teacher.
SNHS members seek to share their enthusiasm for science and scientific literacy through involvement in their local community. They did just that by setting off an explosion as an eye-catching and thunderous demonstration of a chemical reaction for society members and onlookers. The demonstration was conducted in a safe manner with Dr. Ramirez’s advisement and all necessary precautions were taken prior to conducting the experiment. Society members then explained to a big crowd of onlooking students, that when sodium is in contact with water, it produces a reaction of hydrogen gas and sodium hydroxide. The hydrogen gas ignited creating an explosion.
“It was a great way to bring science to students in a different way,” said Mr. Whitfield, Upper School physics teacher and SNHS adviser. “We had a great response from the audience who all wanted to know what was going on. More attention-grabbing events are coming!”