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Boy Scouts visit to earn chemistry merit badge

Boy ScoutsOn Friday, October 7, NIU Alumnus and Boy Scout Troop Leader Andy Rollins (joined by a wonderful group of leaders/chaperones) brought about 25 boy scouts for a visit to the department. Their goal -- to fulfill their chemistry merit badge requirements!

The day included:

  • Touring the department with Professor Ballantine;
  • Visiting with Professor Hagen to learn about what a chemist does and the education needed to be a chemist;
  • Learning about pollution and the environment with Professor Ryzhov;
  • Practicing chemical safety with Lab Manager Andy Small (which included discharging a fire extinguisher!); and
  • Completing the necessary lab experiments to successfully earn their chemistry merit badges.

Thanks for visiting! We enjoyed this great group of scouts!