Why is spider silk so strong? Why does chocolate taste so good to humans but is toxic to dogs? How are coral reefs changing due to rising ocean temperatures? How can you genetically modify a plant's DNA to make it more nutritious? How can hair be used to solve crimes? Can beet juice be used to melt ice on your driveway? What sustainable development goals will the CRER-7000 or Isotopic Hairtron 500 help achieve?
This year's Science Knight, on Friday, April 21, was billed as an evening of chemistry. Transforming the Middle School big room into a symposium of discovery, students in eighth grade science classes presented the answers to the above questions and more. Visitors in attendance learned about the chemistry connections behind each question, engaged with hands on demonstrations, and gained a glimpse into the future with ideas of how to use chemistry to tackle the UN's sustainable development goals.
Click here for a photo gallery from the event.