Superior Science – Minor Incident All Campers are Safe

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THUNDER BAY – A minor incident occurred today during a Superior Science chemistry demonstration that is commonly used as part of the Superior Science Program. The demonstration involved preparation of a mixture inside a laboratory prior to taking it outside to complete. All Superior Science campers are safe and no structural damage to the laboratory ensued.

The instructor-led experiment is demonstrated frequently as a learning mechanism designed to show students a chemistry-related method of making a product that looks like smoke, but is not smoke. The only components of the smoke-like substance were carbon dioxide and water vapour. Although students were nowhere near the substance, all students were immediately evacuated from the laboratory and relocated to the Agora as a precautionary measure. Students were well prepared to evacuate the classroom in an orderly fashion as mock fire drills are conducted every Monday as a means of ensuring the safety of all campers.

The Fire Marshal indicated this is a safe and fun activity to continue doing with Superior Science campers in the future.

Superior Science resumed its regular schedule this afternoon.

If parents or guardians have questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact Superior Science staff members Julie Beach or Jon Potvin at pick-up/drop-off, by e-mail to supersci@lakeheadu.ca or by phone at 343-8403.

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