Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
& Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh

Light, Color and Spectroscopy for Kids.

This workshop has commenced for 2022. This workshop will be available again in 2023.x

The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) presents the following workshop:

Herbert L. Retcofsky Memorial “Light, Color and Spectroscopy for Kids” Workshop

    For Upper Elementary & Middle School Teachers

      Thursday, March 31 2022
      8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
      Fee: $20.00 (includes lunch)
      REC333, Penn Center East

    We will be offering in-person mock interviews, virtual mock interviews, and resume reviews. Donuts, pastries, and coffee will be available.

    Pre-Registration is Required for this Free Event

      (Reservations are closed.)

About the Workshop

The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) will again offer its annual “Light, Color and Spectroscopy for Kids” workshop to elementary and middle school teachers. Using the materials provided by the SSP, workshop participants will be able to project a large and very bright visible spectrum (rainbow?) in their own classrooms. They will use that spectrum together with other materials to demonstrate color addition & subtraction and why colors appear the way they do.

Spectral excitation will introduce the concept of atomic energy levels in a novel way. Later in the workshop, participants will view the beautiful colors and spectra of excited gases and use their observations to perform an experiment in qualitative chemical analysis. To make science a little more interesting to students that profess little or no interest in science, workshop participants will be introduced to a new concept – “spectroscopy as an art form”.

The teaching method used is that of the student-assistant lecture-demonstration approach with emphasis on deductive reasoning. Workshop activities correlate well with the Pennsylvania Science Standards. Teachers will take home most of the materials used at the workshop for use in their own classrooms, including a SpectroClick Kit ( which can be used at all grade levels, K – 12.

The workshop will be presented at the REC333 center in Wilkins Township, Pa at 333 Penn Center Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Early registration is encouraged, as seating is limited. The final date for registration is March 15, 2022. Late registrations will be considered if space is still available.

Please let us know if financial assistance is required for your attendance at this workshop.

Questions? Contact Robert Paysen:
Phone: 304-829-4619






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