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Middle school students visit DTSC's Berkeley Environmental Chemistry Lab (ECL)

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Published on Feb 10, 2011

http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/

Middle school students visit DTSC's Environmental Chemistry Laboratory in Berkeley.


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Kids Visit to Berkeley ECL Lab

On Screen Text:
California DTSC: Helping a new generation discover and explore the wonders of science.

Edward Pizzini:
What surrounds the Sun?

Kids:
Planets!

Graphic of Edward Pizzini, Ph.D.

Edward Pizzini, Ph.D. - DTSC Scientist:
It's always fun to work with kids...especially when they're as enthusiastic as this group was.

Nat Pop Lab demonstration:
Now, you heard about how upstairs we don't destroy anything using XRF? Down here we get to destroy it all.

Edward Pizzini, Ph.D. - DTSC Scientist:
I think one of the most important things we do as scientists is try to spread love of science to the kids.

On Screen Text:
DTSC has 16 Ph.D. scientists working in its state-of-the-art labs in California.

Nat Pop Classroom lecture:
Every element, such as lead, effectively has a different type of Sun, with a different number of what are called protons and neutrons.

Nat Pop Lab demonstration:
We're going to send these elements right...like these elements...lead or whatever we're shooting for and we nuke them. We heat them really hot...as hot as the sun.

On Screen Text:
Dtsc is reaching out by exposing these kids and others to science...maybe even inspire some future Ph.D.s.

Edward Pizzini, Ph.D. - DTSC Scientist:
I think most kids are pretty aware that what they're seeing on TV probably isn't what really happens. More often than not I think...in my experiences...I've seen that kids tend to be surprised that it's as close to TV, at times, as it gets.


Nat Pop Lab demonstration:
This is just a huge hot flame.

Nat Pop Lab demonstration:
Any of you guys thrown up before? You notice how your throat has burned...that throat burning is due to your stomach acid.

Nat Pop Lab Demonstration:
So we took our plumbing right? Weighed it out, we digested it...we got this glorious blue color on our solution, which is always fun to look at.

Edward Pizzini, Ph.D. - DTSC Scientist:
It takes quite a bit of time to bounce back and forth between...am I putting too much science in that's above their heads vs. am I not putting enough science in. So it's a real back and forth in deciding how much information to give and how much fun to make it for the kids.

Montage of kids in lab

Edward Pizzini, Ph.D. - DTSC Scientist:
Obviously, the science we see on television isn't very accurate for the most part...but the look of the science is a lot like the look you seen in a real lab. So when the kids get to come in and see 'Yes, there are these big instruments. Yes, we do take these colorful samples and put them through the machines.' It does give them a little bit of hope for the wonder that's actually available in science.

On Screen Text:
California DTSC We are creating a greener Future/ DTSC Web Slate

TRT: 2:43

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