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Don’t Try This at Home: Cracking the Secrets of Glass

Tuesday, February 23
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
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Glass is a versatile, mesmerizing material that works in unexpected ways. In its molten state, it’s hotter than volcanic lava. But what happens when hot glass meets cold water? How big can a glass bubble get? What is glass made of, and how do you add color to it?

For our second virtual field trip, learn about all the ways that glass breaks—from the safe to the explosive. Watch Corning Museum of Glass glassmakers, Chris Rochelle and Eric Meek, work with glass live as they answer these questions and more.

A Tour of the 'Periodic Table' Table

Wednesday, March 24
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
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For our third virtual field trip, visit science author Theodore Gray in his elemental office and see almost-first-hand his real solid wood periodic table…table. Theodore will show you thousands of samples of (nearly) all the chemical elements found in, on, and around the table and some of the spectacular reactions that occur between atoms and molecules.

This event will be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook so that educators may tune in with their virtual classes. For more information about the series, visit the Beyond the Elements series page.

Science of Spice: Chile Pepper Chemistry 

Wednesday, April 21
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
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Even though spicy foods cause burning sensations on our tongues, can make our noses run, and can even bring us to tears, humans can’t get enough of spicy foods! What is causing the wide range of reactions we experience when we eat spicy foods? Join Dr. Ivette Guzmán from New Mexico State University for a chile pepper dissection to discuss the chemistry of chile peppers and why humans love spicy foods.

This event is the fourth and final virtual field trip highlighting some of the scientists and engineers featured in the new three-part chemistry series NOVA: Beyond the Elements. It will be live-streamed on the NOVA Education YouTube and Facebook pages.

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