Dr. Jim's Chemistry Magic Show set for Dec. 9 in Potsdam
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 2:32 pm

POTSDAM –Dr. Jim's Chemistry Magic Show will take place Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3-4 p.m. Clarkson University Professor Jim Peploski will perform experiment demonstrations titled “Miracles, Magic and Mayhem” for the community in Room 360 of Clarkson’s Science Center.

The show, targeted for children and great fun for all ages, will benefit the Potsdam Holiday Fund.

Each family or individual attending is asked to bring one new, unwrapped toy or gift to donate to the fund. The fund provides new toys, clothing, boots and food to families and senior citizens in need in Potsdam, Madrid, Hopkinton, Nicholville, Brasher Falls, Chase Mills, Fort Jackson, West Stockholm and Winthrop.

Monetary contributions are also welcome in lieu of a purchased gift.

Peploski's show will feature 10 to 15 demonstrations, including a free sample of ice cream made by using liquid nitrogen.

Peploski, an associate professor and director of freshman chemistry, first began showcasing his experiments in front of his students more than 20 years ago and gradually began entertaining other on-campus groups.

His show is an attraction at family and alumni weekends and at the University’s open house events, said the event Facebook page.

“I like to see the people that are completely awed by the science -- the fun,” said Peploski. “People are fascinated by reactions that go ‘boom.’ I try to work in as many of those as I can.”

Peploski is happy that his December show will benefit a charitable cause, the event webpage said. “It’s a small effort on my part,” he said. ‘By doing this, my gift is multiplied.”

The event is sponsored by Peploski, the Clarkson University Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science, and Clarkson's Office of Student Life & Engagement.