‘Scientists’ Evening’ at Hebrew University 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Hebrew University)
A chemistry experiment that was conducted in space by the late Israeli astronaut
Ilan Ramon on the ill-fated 2003 Columbia shuttle will be reenacted on September
22 at Ben- Gurion University of the Negev.
The reenactment - which was organized by
the Science and Technology Ministry - will compete
for Guiness Book of Records’ achievement as the world’s “biggest mass chemistry
lesson to be conducted simultaneously in different places.”
university is one of a dozen academic and scientific institutions that will
participate in the Science and Technology Ministry’s “Scientists’ Evening”
activities next Thursday that will be open free to the general public. BGU will
host lectures, organized tours, meetings with scientists, experiments and other
activities between 5 and 10 p.m.
Scientists’ Evening events have been
taking place since 2007 in Israel and in Europe.
This year, they involve
chemistry to mark the International Chemistry Year recognized by the
Ramon’s reenacted experiment can be performed by adults or children
with no scientific background, BGU said.
The experiment, which completed
six hours after the shuttle’s takeoff, involved testing the chemical reaction in
“growing” crystals in a solution under conditions of
Participants in the popular science activities – organized by
the ministry with help from the Industry and Trade Ministry’s Chief Scientist’s
Office and Israeli and European research institutes – will be able to mix
chemicals and see reactions in a few minutes that will produce a blue-and-white
Israeli flag design with a gold background.
Guiness has already approved
the experiment for registration as a possible record.
The current record
for simultaneous participation in a chemistry lesson is 562 people in Brussels.
The record is expected to be broken in Israel’s upcoming experiment, where the
various institutions will direct the experiment in their facilities.
participating in the experiment are The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the
Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, the University of Haifa, Bar-Ilan
University, Tel Aviv University, the Sami Shamoon College of Engineering,
Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Science Museum, Haifa’s Madatech – Israel’s national
science museum, the Kiryat Yam Science Park, the ORT Braude College and the
Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institution in Eilat.
the Weizmann Institute, there will be encounters with scientists about the
asteroids, superconductors, quantum physics and the energy crisis among others
and experiments for children as well as adults. At Hebrew University’s Givat Ram
campus, science lectures will range from crime solving to the cancer-fighting
properties of titanium.More information is available at the various