30th Annual Faraday Lecture

“Ordinary Chemistry, Extraordinary Demos”

Bob Becker’s spectacular demonstrations will delight and enrich students, teachers, and the general public. Come learn about combustion, exploding balloons, flame tornadoes, methane mambo, thermite, breathing helium and SF6, and other spectacular scientific phenomena.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching science in action!

This event is free and open to schools and the public

WHEN: November 14 & 15, 2017
WHERE: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

Bob Becker’s Bio

Bob Becker was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, received a B.A. in Biology from Yale University in ‘83 and a Masters in Education from Washington University in ’90. Bob is an outstanding national Chemistry demonstrator and high school teacher from Kirkwood, MO. He has published two books of demonstrations, available together with a videotape through Flinn Scientific. Bob has received the James Bryant Conant Award in High School Teaching from the American Chemical Society, the Regional Catalyst Award from the Chemical Manufacturers Association, and the Tandy Technology Scholar Award for Outstanding Teachers.

He has been honored as the Reg Friesen Memorial Lecturer at CHEMED, and has twice presented the Flinn Scientific Evening of Chemistry at the National Science Teachers Association conference. Bob was also named the 2010-2011 Kirkwood Teacher of the Year, and the 2010-2011 Missouri State Teacher of the Year. He was one of three Missouri finalists for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Two Ways to Attend:


    Tuesday, November 14: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    Middle School (limited to 100 tickets per school)
    High School (limited to 50 tickets per school)

    Wednesday, November 15: 10:15 am – 11:45 am
    High School (limited to 40 students per school)


    (Additional tickets for either day may be requested, subject to availability.)


    Tuesday, November 14, 2016: 7:30 pm
    Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
    Tickets available at the door.

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Faraday Lecture Sponsors

The Faraday Lecture is sponsored by the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP).

Both societies are non-profit organizations dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region.

For more information, visit the SSP and SACP websites: