Chemistry Expo kicks off its 12th year

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The 12th annual Chemistry Exposition in Lake Charles kicked off on Thursday, October 27 at the Civic Center to give sixth grade students the opportunity to learn more about chemistry.

The Chem Expo is sponsored by the Lake Area Industry Alliance and employees from ConocoPhillips and Citgo came out to the event to help teach the students by doing hands on experiments.

Public Relations Director for ConocoPhillips Carol Collins said science is what drives our industry. She said the Expo is a way to get kids interested in chemistry and explore their options of making a career out of it.

"For most of them, they have not seen anything like this. They get a chance to ask questions to the industry employees that are working," Collins said. "It's been an eye opening experience for a lot of our young people."

The Expo is the largest, one-day, hands-on expo in the nation. More than 2,700 sixth graders from Calcasieu and Cameron Parish came to the event and more than 600 volunteers helped out. Chemistry students from McNeese State University came out to volunteer as well as local high school students.

"Chemistry applies to our everyday lives," Collins said. She said the Chemistry Exposition sparks an interest in the young people in science, part of an effort to get students to learn to appreciate and value science.

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