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Kids Explore Science at JFK Center

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Elementary and middle school kids got a first hand look at chemical reactions and explosions, on Saturday at the JFK Center.

Members of the American Chemical Society and volunteers from Penn State Behrend brought science and history together

Kids learned about famous African American scientists and the lessons they taught.

One demonstrations taught kids exactly how much sugar is in a can of coke.

In another experiment, volunteers mixed chemicals that launched 4,000 ping pong balls into the air.

Organizers say the program makes science fun and exciting for kids.

"The kids came in this morning and they were kind of hesitant," said Lecturer at Penn State Behrend, Tracy Halmi.  "Now they're leaving saying, "let's do it again!"

Yaniel Perez is an 11-year-old student at Roosevelt Middle School.  "It was fun but we learned how it can be real dangerous to do this at home," said Perez.

Behrend staff members say, "Don't try this at home" is always a good message for 11-year-old scientists.

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