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Eyes are a very useful tool of the human body. Without eyes it would be very hard to function. When doing dangerous activities, eye protection is a must. The most outstanding form of eye protection is safety goggles. During Chemistry class at West Geauga High School, many dangerous procedures are performed which require goggles. If the students at WGHS are going to wear goggles, they may as well do it in style. Therefore, the chemistry teachers set aside a special Friday in the beginning of the school year to flamboyantly dye goggles.
The chemistry students at WGHS have the opportunity to decorate his or her goggles in an array of colors. Students could transform boring light green colored goggles into black like tinted windows. If you were a Berkshire Badgers fan, you could dye your goggles purple and yellow. If you were a Miami Hurricanes fan, you could dye them orange and green. “I was very excited that I could have my goggles like my favorite team, the Miami Hurricanes. I feel like Devon Hester when I get to wear them,” says Tom Kelly. “I was feeling some school spirit so I colored them red and blue,” said Brody Fratantonio. Students were very enthusiastic about decorating their goggles.
This activity took place in Mr.Sustins and Mrs. Gregory’s classrooms. They had many different color stations set up. At each station there was a large container full of dye on top of a large hot-plate. After removing the vents, glass lenses, and the strap, you dip the green goggles in the desired color. When you took them out of the color with the metal tongs, the goggles were rinsed in water, and then dried. You did not have to dip the entire frame in the color. Some students managed to have tie dye, half and half, or even mixed colors. It was a great lab to warm up for the Chemistry year.


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