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Science Sunday: Chemiluminescence

We are exploring the science behind a very popular item, especially in the summertime- glow sticks. If you have used a glow stick before, you are experiencing a reaction called chemiluminescence– this is how they glow. So what exactly is happening inside that plastic tube when you bend it and start the chemical reaction to glow? Learn all that and so much more in the latest edition of Science Sunday: Chemiluminescence.

Plus explore more glowing science in our Science At Play: Spooky Glowing Science blog post.


There is so much more Science Sunday to explore. Check out the full gallery of segments on our blog: https://ctsciencecenter.org/blog_categories/science-sunday/.

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Aoife Ryle is a STEM Educator at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition to working with school groups, she works with our Teen Program, Overnights department, and shoots weekly science segments for WFSB. She has a degree in Bioengineering from the University of Maine and has a personal interest in the life sciences and engineering which makes bioengineering a perfect crossover.

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Mark Dixon is a meteorologist on WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News and a host of the weekly Science Sunday segments with the Connecticut Science Center. He has been nominated for several Emmy awards for weather anchoring and has won awards from the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association and the American Meteorological Society.