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Science Cafe: Making
Science Palatable For Kids
By MICHAEL J. RAUSCH
Parents of budding scientists,
take note. The Sandwich Public
Library on Main Street is host­
ing a Cape Cod Science Cafe this
Sunday from 1 to 3 PM.
The science cafe is the last of
four science-oriented events con­
ducted by PID Analyzers through­
out 2011, which has been desig­
nated the International Year of
Chemistry.
PID is a Sandwich-based manu­
facturer of sensors, and analyz­
ers for worker health and safety.
Their products detect if chemi­
cals in the air and water of work­
places are. reaching potentially
dangerous levels.
This year marks the looth anni­
versary of Marie Curie becoming
the first woman to receive the No­
bel Prize for Chemistry. The pre­
vious three science cafes were
held in Hyannis and focused on
such topics as renewable energy,
solar power versus wind power,
and the art and craft of brewing
beer.
This week's science cafe is more
youthcentric, with displays and
experiments designed to make
chemistry appealing for children
of all ages.
"We want to get kids when
they're young; there's not enough
people going into that area," John
N. Driscoll, president ofPID Ana­
lyzers, said about the goals of the
science cafe and the American
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Making science palatable to
young people so they grow up
looking toward a career in sci­
ence is "the only way to stay com­
petitive in the field of technolo­
gy," said Mr. Driscoll, who studied
chemistry at Suffolk University,
Boston University and Northeast­
ern University. '
This particular science cafe
will be focused on showing
youngsters the relationship be­
tween science and health, more
specifically health and the envi­
ronment. Some of the hands-on
displays and experiments that
will be available include making
one's own hand sanitizer, testing
common foods for starch and vita­
min C, and testing the pH level of
water taken from various lakes in
the area. Mr. Driscoll explained
the importance of young people
knowing that even a small change
in a person's pH, from basic to
acidic, can cause serious health
problems.
Jennifer L. Maclachlan, manag­
ing director ofPID Analyzers, and
Mr. Driscoll's daughter, echoed
her father's sentiments about the
goals of the science cafes.
"We want to generate more
interest in science and math in
grades K to 12," Ms. Maclachlan
said. Ms. Maclachlan said the sci­
ence cafes have gone a long way
toward escalating the image of
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at the last event,held in Hyannis
at Cape Cod Beer, four college
chemistry students from the Bos­
ton area attended. One of the stu­
dents, she said, was a young wom­
an who told her, "I live in Bourne
and I never would have expected
this kind of technology event out
here, ever!"
A 1998 graduate of Boston Col­
lege, with a degree in English,
Ms. Maclachlan said she gained
her interest in science through
her work with her father. She now
ble.nds the two disciplines with
her work in the sales and mar·
keting division at PID Analyzers.
"I'm into communicating chemis­
try to the public."
Marshland Restaurant is ca­
tering the event, and in keeping
with the healthful focus of the
science cafe, they are provid­
ing a variety of healthy foods
and snacks. Fruits, vegetables,
salads and hummus will be the.
bill of fare. There will, however,
be at least one guilty pleasure.
A cake celebrating the Interna­
tional Year of Chemistry will be
served.
The Cape Cod Science Cafe is
free to attend. Cost of the event
has been paid through a grant
from NESACS and PID Analysts.
The event is co-sponsored by
the library, the Northeastern sec­
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