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WIU Senior Teaching Virtual Science Saturday Episode April 3

March 31, 2021

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MACOMB, IL - The Western Illinois University Department of Physics will host episode seven of its Virtual Science Saturday, "Exploring Microwave Ovens: The History and Science," from 10-11 a.m. April 3.

This episode will be taught by senior chemistry major and history minor Jesse Caverly, of Canton, IL. It will include information about the history behind the invention of microwave ovens, how chemistry and physics are involved and some interesting demonstrations. The presentation is designed for students in grades K-12 and for the general public.

Caverly said he chose the presentation topic because he thought it was something people wouldn't typically think about.

"Many people do not think of how a microwave oven works," he said. "Instead, they cook their food, or warm their favorite beverage, and move on with their day. So being a future high school chemistry teacher, I took on the task of developing a presentation over the history and how microwave ovens work. In my opinion it is vital to have students introduced to key topics in science at an early age. This is so they are curious about science. This same curiosity is what led me to where I am today wanting to become a science teacher. I want to be the person that helps children and people love science at all ages."

Virtual Science Saturday is hosted by the WIU Department of Physics, is open to anyone and can be joined at

Past sessions of Virtual Science Saturday can be found at

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