March 31, 2011

Cesar Chavez Day – California

To learn about Chavez, check out last year's post.

Also, Happy Birthday, Robert Bunsen

This was a guy who liked to blow things up!
A guy who knew his chemistry and made some inventions and discoveries.

Born in Germany on this day in 1811, Robert Bunsen invented the Bunsen burner. This piece of laboratory equipment uses gas to produce a single open flame that can be used to sterilize instruments and to heat or burn substances. He also developed some ways to analyze gas and a method of using a spectroscope to identify elements. With Gustav Kirchhoff, he discovered cesium and rubidium.

Celebrate... burning things or blowing things up—but only if you have an adult and a safe lab or outdoor area in which to do your chemistry experiments!!!

Here and here and here are some more great experiments.

If you don't have a safe place and a helping adult, watch some episodes of Mythbusters. Those guys are ALWAYS blowing stuff up! 

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