From the sizzle of the fuse to the boom and burst of colors ––a new American Chemical Society (ACS) video brings you all of the exciting sights and sounds of Fourth of July fireworks.
The Chemistry of Fireworks, part of the ACS Holiday Video Series, illustrates in brilliant high-definition detail how the familiar rockets and other neat products that light up the night sky all represent chemistry in action. The video, released today, features a demonstration by fireworks expert John A. Conkling, Ph.D., Washington College, Chestertown, Md., author of The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics, Basic Principles and Theory.
The video was produced by the ACS Office of Public Affairs and takes a close look at the components of fireworks, including time fuses, fuel and bursting charges, and explains how the vibrant colors are generated.
Directed by Hungry Man’s Roderick Fenske this spot was commissioned by agency Media Consulta and producer Till Drier for the Marie Curie programme which provides funding and logistical help to students who study science. Apparently, Fenske’s father was a scientist who impressed upon the young lad that science was never boring if you just talked about it in the right terms. And so he created a humorous metaphor that was not only educational but reminded people about how much fun science could be. Thus was “Chemical Party/Electricity” born.
This HD dramatic video choreographed to powerful music introduces the viewer/student to the Science of Chemistry. It is designed as a motivational "trailer" to be shown by teachers in Chemistry, Biology and Physical Science classrooms in middle school, high school and college as a visual Introduction to the wonders of atoms and matter. See more of my videos at my channel: Gregs Educational. Subscribe to my channel for other video trailers in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Astronomy. I will be releasing new ones periodically.
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