Alchemist Club to hold tours and demonstrations during Family Weekend

October 18, 2013
Alchemist Club

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Alchemist Club will be holding tours and demonstrations during Family Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27.  

The Alchemist Club is the campus chemistry club and local chapter of the American Chemistry Society. There has been a chemistry club at UW-Platteville since the 1970s. The club’s focus is on career development, social activities, community service, internships and job training. They have worked with the boy scouts and girl scouts as well as other community service activities.

The Alchemist Club participates in many activities on campus. During Halloween they host a pumpkin-decorating contest and, after judging, the pumpkins are blown up. The club also participates in Relay for Life, movie nights and chemistry seminars. During seminars, alumni and professionals are brought in to talk to chemistry students about their experiences.

During Family Weekend the Alchemist Club will be hosting educational demonstrations for students and their families. One of the experiments they will demonstrate is the use of methane bubbles that they light on fire. They also have another experiment, where they drop gummy bears into potassium poliatrite and, as a result, the gummy bear explodes and lights on fire. Another uses different chemical sprays to change the color of an open flame.

“We are excited to show families around on Family Weekend,” said Robinson Flaig, president of the Alchemist Club. Flaig is a senior chemistry major with a minor in micro-nano technology from Platteville.

The Alchemist Club will also be giving tours of the chemistry department and the research labs. They will also be able to show students and parents the unique instruments UW-Platteville has at students’ disposal.

Members of the Alchemist Club do not have to be chemistry majors to join. The membership dues are $3 a semester or $5 a year. There is no fee for ACS members. This encourages members to be a part of the ACS organization. Currently, the Alchemist Club has 40 members. The club meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in 204B, Ottensman Hall. This room is located across from the alchemist lounge.

Oct. 20-26 is National Chemistry Week and on Oct. 23, the Alchemist Club will be hosting Mole Day. There will be a brat sale outside Ottensman Hall as well as demonstrations and activities. Many of the demonstrations will be previews of what families will see during Family Weekend.

Contact: Robinson Flaig, Chemistry, micro-nano student, (608) 778-4216,

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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