SPICE, Students Participating In Chemical Education, is an organization of trained undergraduate students who perform chemistry demonstration programs with the aim of interesting elementary and middle school students in chemistry and science by showing them cool experiments and demonstrations. SPICE also participates in hands-on activities, Family Science Nights at local elementary schools, and National Chemistry Week. In an average year SPICE reaches out to more than 3500 members of the local Wisconsin communities.
SPICE, a registered student organization of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is staffed entirely by students and has support from ICE. Francisca Jofre, an ICE staff member, is the SPICE adviser.
Undergraduate volunteers are ready to pour a luminol solution at a SPICE demonstration program.
Here are just a few examples of demonstrations in the SPICE repertoire:
- Elephant's Toothpaste
- Genie in a Bottle
- H2 and He Balloons Advanced
- Happy and Sad Balls
- Liquid Nitrogen and Helium Balloon
- Liquid Nitrogen and Racquet Ball
- Luminol Advanced
- Metal Salts in a Flame
- Oscillating Reaction
- Polyurethane Foam
You can find more information about SPICE and sign up for a show at your school or local event here: https://win.wisc.edu/organization/spice
ICE staff has assembled 20 years of experience in reaching more than 70,000 people into a how-to guide: SPICE: A Guidebook for a Traveling Outreach Program. This book has detailed instructions for performing SPICE demonstrations including "scripts" of demonstrations, advice on gearing an activity to different audiences, notes on safety, a bibliography of demonstration source-books, and suggestions for hands-on activity events. It is available for purchase from the ICE Catalog.