Area children, parents invited to ‘explosive’ Cool Chemistry Night

UW-Sheboygan to host annual event April 29
By UW-Sheboygan

The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan invites the community to attend an educational, exciting -- and somewhat explosive -- evening of “Cool Chemistry” on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. 

UW-Sheboygan chemistry students will be performing and describing fascinating, attention-grabbing experiments. Audience members, who can expect some big “bangs” and flames throughout the evening, may also be asked to assist in some of the demonstrations. Kids also will be given the opportunity to create something “cool” to take home after the show with the help of UW-S chemistry students. To participate in on-stage demonstrations, children will be able to put their name into a drawing upon entering the theater.

This popular annual UW-Sheboygan event, which aims to increase interest in science among elementary and middle school-age children, will once again be organized this year by Dr. James Kabrhel, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, with assistance from Dr. Karrie Rukamp, Chemistry lecturer.

The community demonstration will allow UW-Sheboygan students to gain valuable public speaking experience, as well as practice their knowledge of common chemistry-related experiments, Kabrhel said.

The “Cool Chemistry” event will offer UW-Sheboygan Chemistry students a beneficial experience that goes beyond the traditional classroom work, Kabrhel said.

“Demonstrating simple experiments in front of an audience allows the students to step into a teaching role, which is a very important part of the learning process,” he explained.

“Cool Chemistry” admission is $2 for adults and all those age 13 and up. All children 12 & under and UW-Sheboygan students are free. The event is appropriate for children of all ages (elementary school and up).  Advance tickets for both adults and children are available in the UW-Sheboygan Business Services Office and can be picked up Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets cannot be held. Limited seating is available. Only five tickets per request, per day, please.

All advance tickets must be picked up by noon on April 29. If tickets remain the day of the event, tickets will be available at the Box Office in the Fine Arts Theatre up to one hour before show time.

For more information, contact UW-Sheboygan Director of Marketing and Communications Carrie Hoppe at or contact the UW-Sheboygan Box Office at (920) 459-6652.


Carrie Hoppe, UW-Sheboygan Marketing and Communications Director