Friday Night Science is back and this time the experiments are so big and the explosions so loud, that the science department is providing earplugs free of charge.

“Get ready to witness first-hand the true power of chemistry,” said Dustin Nouri, Allan Hancock College chemistry instructor.

The first of two Friday Night Science events of the academic year will take place on November 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting in room M-310 on Allan Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus.

Nouri will start the night off with a demonstration of surprising chemical reactions, mixed in with a few experiments of his own invention, including the ‘screaming gummy bear,’ the ‘carbide cannon’ and bottle rockets.

“Chemistry is simply matter changing composition and sometimes that can be a violent change,” Nouri explained.

The Friday Night Science series is a continuation of last year’s events, which were attended by more than 1,500 students and community members.  The second in the series will be held on May 4, 2012.

At each Friday Night Science event, attendees watch a demonstration of scientific principles before taking part in dozens of hands-on experiments set up throughout the science building.  Experiments range from fun for all ages to more advanced experiments for high school and college students.

“The event was such a success last year that we wanted to take the best parts of that and add new and fun aspects as well,” said Rob Jorstad, physics instructor and creator of the Friday Night Science series.

Jorstad received funding for Friday Night Science from a federal Title V grant designed to entice more kids to attend college.  The funding has provided the materials; Allan Hancock College students provide the hands on support, with more than 100 Hancock students helping to design, build and test all of the experiments and demonstrations.

For more information about the Friday Night Science series, contact the Allan Hancock College life and physical sciences department at 922-6966 ext. 3202 or e-mail