The ooze and ahhs of science at FLC

Science Open House Join Fort Lewis College for Science Open House, a free, public event designed to celebrate the wonders of science. Bring your questions and your curiosity to FLC on Saturday, April 6, 1–4 p.m. and join hundreds of local and regional families to see phantasmagorical demonstrations, from explosions to oobleck races to liquid nitrogen ice cream!

The Magic of Metals

Saturday, April 6, 2024
Chemistry Hall Auditorium, Room 130
Shows starting at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM

Watch Michael Grubb, associate professor of Chemistry, demonstrate the Magic of Metals:

  • Liquid metals
  • Thermite reactions
  • Colorful oxides
  • and more!

Hands-on activities 

  • Liquid nitrogen ice cream: Enjoy smooth ice cream made right in front of your eyes, at -320°F!
  • Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy: Learn the atomic composition of matter by blowing it up with a laser!
  • Raman spectroscopy: Test the authenticity of gemstones, or test for the presence of explosives residue, by looking at how light scatters off a substance.
  • Acoustic levitation: Levitate small objects using only sound!
  • Levitating superconductors: Levitate superconductors, synthesized in the chemistry lab by FLC students, on a magnetic track!
  • Black flame: Can chemists make a black flame? Find out!
  • Oobleck track: Try to run across our 10-foot track of oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid made of water and corn starch, without sinking!
  • Bone detectives: Have you ever watched the TV show “Bones?” The skeleton contains many important clues about life and death. Find out how forensic anthropologists really solve mysteries by interpreting bones and test your sleuthing skills!


Campus mapDirections & parking

The Chemistry Hall and other science-related buildings are located on the southwest side of campus.

Parking is free on campus on weekends. Please download our map to see the recommended lots for accessing the science buildings.

About our Science Open House

FLC’s annual Science Open House began in Spring 2017 and features all science and engineering departments on campus. This event is free and open to the public, showcasing engaging activities for kids of all ages.