January 2017 – Completed

The Chemistry of Agriculture, Gardening, and… Art

Presented by the USAFA Chemistry Department

Saturday, Jan. 28, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

United States Air Force Academy – U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80840

Guest Presenter: Ron Furstenau

After an overview of the topic, we will perform two labs:

  • Extraction and Identification of Caffeine from Tea Bags.  This lab involves classic extraction techniques and modern methods for separation and identification.
  •  Detection of Micronutrients in Mushrooms or Spinach.  This experiment involves the very modern technique of Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry, capable of detecting metals in the parts per trillion range!!!

There will be a working lunchtime presentation on the Chemistry of Pesticides.

Please be assured that you do not have to have a chemistry background to enjoy and benefit from this workshop.

As always, Hub Workshops are free to science teachers, and credit is available.  Additionally, we provide door prizes and great teacher resources.

It is imperative for you to RSVP for this workshop; we are required to submit a list of participant names to the AFA in advance.  Please contact Tammy Johnnie to RSVP.

We will meet at 9 AM on the south steps of the Cadet Field House, and promptly at 9:15 we will be escorted to the Chemistry Conference room.  Participants may not arrive late or leave early, because everyone must be escorted to enter and depart from the campus.

Refreshments will be served, but please bring your own lunch.