Last week, the Reading Science Center held its 3rd annual Whiskey Experiment at the DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown Reading. This event brings together different local, national and international distilleries for a night of tastings. With 20+ vendors, guests can mingle and try various alcohols while learning the science behind it!
“The reason whiskey was picked is that we always bring in a speaker to talk about the science of whiskey and how it relates” said Lisa Meredith-Unrath, Executive Director of the Reading Science Center.
Meredith-Unrath hosted the event to raise money for new exhibits for the center. This year, the center raised 2.5x as much in sponsorship than last year. More people were in attendance this year than in the previous year!
“We’re looking to buy more exhibits to grow what we’re doing and enhance the field trips for the kids!”
During the event, the Science Center had different experiments on display. One of the experiments involved a Brahma thermal blue indicator that shows pH based on the color and the universal indicator. During the experiment, a base is added to give color, and then, dry ice is added. From here, it releases carbon dioxide, and the carbon dioxide and water form carbonic acid.
“So, you’ll see it go from a base to more of an acid through the color change! It’s fun to see the color change. The kids absolutely love it!” said Sarah Troy, one of the scientists present at the event.
Also at the event, there was an auction. Different items included a gold necklace, a pool party at the Reading Phillies, a hockey pack from the Reading Royals, gift certificates, etc. There also was a 50/50 raffle for a wheelbarrow filled with different types of alcohol. These are all cool items that can be personally used or given as a gift during the holiday season!
The proceeds from the event will go toward the Reading Science Center’s future exhibits. The fundraiser’s main goal is to help bring in more kids to science and help them find their passions. Whether that is science or any of the STEM programs, this nonprofit is educating kids about the world around them while also allowing them to have fun!