The Hexagon, Volume 103, Number 3, Fall 2012 Page: 55
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COLLEGIAT AND PROFESII
Gamma Chapter's Service Road Trip to the National Science
and Engineering Festival
Submitted by: Amy Coe, Gamma 20/0, Angela Crise, Gamma 20 /0, and Peter Schmidt, Gamma 2010
Gamma Brothers at the National Science and
Engineering Festival in Washington DC.
The brothers of Gamma Chapter had the
opportunity to attend the 2nd USA Science and
Engineering Festival in Washington DC. This
festival is geared towards encouraging the next
generation to be interested in STEM fields. This
was the second time that Gamma Chapter had
the opportunity to attend and host a booth.
Last year, the brothers spent a weekend on the
National Mall launching off film canister rock-
ets filled with vinegar and baking soda, gather-
ing a huge crowd at the rowdiness of their
booth. This year the festival was moved
indoors, but the brothers still had a great time
showing and explaining science concepts to the
young and young at heart with much less mess.
This year, our exhibit focused on the
"Chemistry of Light,"where visitors could par-
ticipate in a variety of activities focusing on the
Four Levels of Wyvern Pins for Science Outreach
Wyvern Pins for Science Outreach
Alpha Chi Sigma is strongly committed to the science education of our nation's youth. To
encourage and recognize participation in science outreach activities, the Fraternity has estab-
lished a program in which participating members earn wyvern pins. Science Outreach
Programs are broadly defined as any activity that promotes the Second Object of the
Fraternity among pre-college age groups.
Members strive for four levels in the Wyvern Pin Program, each having a corresponding
First Level (Black Pin):
Second Level (Green Pin):
Third Level (Red Pin):
Fourth Level (Blue Pin):
Three activities within a 12-month period
Seven activities within a 24-month period; at least one must
involve scouting. One activity may be aimed at a general
audience rather than a pre-college audience.
Fifteen activities within a 36-month period. At least two must
involve scouting. Two activities may be aimed at a general
audience rather than a pre-college audience. The Brother also
is required to submit a brief article to The HEXAGON,
describing the activity, along with at least one photograph
showing the interaction between the Brother(s) and the
as well as the relevant forms, can be found at the
D NAL NEWS
science behind light. At one section of the
booth, bracelets were made with ultra-violet
(UV) activated beads and regular beads. At
another section of our booth visitors could dis-
cover the difference between fluorescence and
phosphorescence. We also demonstrated tonic
water, which contains quinine, will fluoresce
when exposed to UV light due to the organic
solute. We compared this behavior to an unbro-
ken glow-stick, which will fluoresce also when
exposed to UV, and will phosphoresce when
the chemicals are allowed to combine and pro-
duce the necessary energy to emit light. Finally,
participants could learn about the atomic emis-
sion spectrum of various elements in spectrum
tubes along with white light by looking through
a makeshift spectroscope (fashioned from card-
board boxes and a CD) to view the spectrum
given from various sources of light.
There were many other booths at the festival
that members of Gamma Chapter had the
opportunity to explore when not working.
Some members were lucky enough to meet Bill
Nye, the MythBusters Jamie Hyneman and
Adam Savage, and Big Bang Theory's Mayim
Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler). Many organiza-
tions had booths around the festival. The
American Chemical Society did the typical acid
and baking soda experiment to inflate a bal-
loon; however, they used citric acid instead of
vinegar for the slower reactivity. Some brothers
even had the chance to run across a pool of
cornstarch and water at another booth.
Two alumni from our chapter are working at
the National Institute of Health in Washington,
D.C. and were able to visit and help out with
the booth. Since we worked the booth in shifts,
time was available for visiting and exploring
Washington, D.C. Some brothers were able to
explore the Botanical Gardens and the Museum
of Natural History. Several brothers were able
to go see many of the sites around the National
Mall including the Washington Monument,
Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial,
and the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
The entire group was able to get together for a
nice dinner in Chinatown on Saturday night,
after which a few brothers went to Georgetown
to get cupcakes from Sprinkles and visit the
famous DC Cupcakes.
Overall the trip was a wonderful time. The 7-
hour car ride from Cleveland to DC, although
long, provided a great time for brotherhood
bonding (with many opportunities to sing 90's
pop songs together). In addition to teaching
children and parents science concepts, the
event provided good exposure of both Alpha
Chi Sigma and our university. Many of the par-
ents were interested in who we were and what
our organization is all about. (continued)
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