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12-04-2014

Clarkson University's James Peploski Fellows Speaker at Science Teachers Association of NYS Conference

Clarkson University's James Peploski was a fellows speaker and presenter at the Science Teachers Association of New YorState conference in Rochester earlier this fall.

James PeploskiAt the conference, Peploski, associate professor and director of freshman chemistry, performed his "Chemical Miracles, Magic and Mayhem" show for the other science educators. He said the show, which features chemical reactions, explosions, color and fire, is an opportunity to get students excited about science.

Peploski, who has performed his chemistry magic show for tens of thousands of people of all ages, said the show is fun for him to perform in front of any audience.

"I do this because I love it. If I wasn't doing the shows in front of a classroom, I would be doing them in my backyard. These reactions show how amazing the chemistry is that’s taking place in the world around us," he said. "I do them as much for me as for everyone else, and I want to share that excitement with other people."

The chemistry magic show isn't just about fire and explosions -- it's about learning. Peploski said elementary- and middle-school students are some of his most captivated audiences, interacting with the show and volunteering to help with the materials.

"That is the group that really sees the wonder and just how much fun science can be," he said.

As the fellows speaker, Peploski’s show was part of the conference awards ceremony to honor teachers who have shown a lifelong commitment to science education. The Science Teachers Association of New York State has a membership of pre-k to university and informal science educators, and the annual conference welcomes hundreds of attendees.

"The conference was such an amazing collection of educators from all areas of science who share a passion for showing students just how exciting science can be," he said. "It was a terrific experience to exchange ideas with hundreds of teachers who share the same excitement for science."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Children watch as Clarkson University Associate Professor and Director of Freshman Chemistry James Peploski uses liquid nitrogen to make ice cream during his “Chemical Miracles, Magic and Mayhem” show.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/jpeploski-magic-show.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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