EDUCATION: Chemistry Circus

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Science  28 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5539, pp. 2355
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5539.2355a

Chemist and showman Mike Hoyland believes something crucial is missing from today's chemistry classes: spectacle, the kind of flashy experiments that make chemistry entertaining and memorable. “You can only have real fun with reactive materials,” he says.

If you've missed Hoyland's demonstrations at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, his TV appearances, or his road show, now you can catch him at the Delights of Chemistry Web site. In 28 film clips and hundreds of photos, Hoyland and his brave helpers perform jazzy experiments like the barking dog, a mixture of nitrogen monoxide and carbon disulphide that goes up with a woof and a flash. For teachers, the site also provides instructions for safely performing 40 demonstrations.

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