Light, Color and Spectroscopy for Kids – CANCELLED

Unfortunately due to Covid, this workshop will be cancelled and postponed until April, 2022.

The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, in Educational Partnership with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, present the following workshop

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

Please keep in mind that this event is still TENTATIVE.

    WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 2021
    WHERE: National Energy Technology Laboratory – Southpark
    TIME: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
    COST: $20.00 (includes lunch)

Pennsylvania teachers attending the workshop will receive 5 hours of credit toward their act 48 requirements


Light, Color and Spectroscopy for Kids

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 National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL – a US Department of Energy National Laboratory) in South Park, just a few miles from Pittsburgh. Conference rooms for the workshop are provided by NETL through an Educational Partnership Agreement between the national laboratory and the SSP and its sister society the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP). Early registration is encouraged, as seating is limited. The final date for registration is March 19, 2020. 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 Payson:
Phone: 304-829-4619