This year Cotsen Children’s Library celebrated a classic tale with a huge array of all things Robin Hood. 3,500 visitors came to Princeton’s Dillon Gym on April 14th to get a glimpse of life in medieval times. PCCM’s Dr. Steinberg and Caitlin Dreyer brought nano science to the table, with a demonstration on how gold was utilized to create various stained glass colors in the middle ages. Chemistry’s Kitty Wagner wowed her audience, as well, churning sodium carbonate and calcium chloride to produce chalk, and then adding vinegar to transform it into carbon dioxide. In addition to mixing age-old potions, Dr. Wagner lighted candles from an impressive distance--all while donning a classic alchemist's frock!
Join us next spring for Cotsen’s huge community event when we bring another book to life through a multitude of hands-on projects, demos, activities, live shows, and performances! Imagine elaborate chemistry experiments at Harry Potter, a live camel at Aladdin, a giant chess board at Alice in Wonderland, a taste of "bombo" at Treasure Island, historical Greek hoplites in full armor at The Lightning Thief and you're starting to get the picture! Each year, PCCM presents materials science activities related to the theme of the event.