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February 24, 2018 10:16 AM

South Dakota Professor Uses Pyrotechnics To Make Science Fun

Rapid City

A South Dakota School of Mines & Technology professor is holding demonstrations with pyrotechnics to encourage young students to pursue degrees in science and engineering.

Chemistry professor Justin Meyer is trying to impress upon visiting middle and high school students that science can be fun. His 45-minute show uses mild pyrotechnics, including acid-infused cotton balls and small party balloons filled with hydrogen.

The demonstration was part of Engineering and Science Day at the Mines campus.

Meyer says if they can excite even five students to go into science fields then that's a huge gain for society.

Jade Herman helped organize the event. She says attending Science Day was what inspired her to seek an undergraduate degree from the college.

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