Fourteen summer research students at Hendrix College presented an outreach program to more than 100 children at the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County on Tuesday.
The program, called “Energy for Aliens,” taught the chemistry and physics of electricity and energy storage to children ages 5-13. Static electricity generators introduced the topic followed by hands-on activities using hand-held generators and ring magnets. Energy storage was explored using magnesium and copper metal strips in juice or fruit slices to light LED’s, or light emitting diodes.
The program was supervised by professor Liz Gron, professor Robert Dunn and visiting assistant professor Amrita Puri. Hendrix and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration sponsored the program.