Chemiluminescent "Light Sticks"
October 28, 2021
During the Vietnam War, our warfighters needed emergency lighting for life rafts, map reading, and damage evaluation. Between 1962 and 1986 scientists at the local naval base, China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center, answered the call with a chemiluminescent light stick.
During the STEM event, a chemist from the base demonstrated making the light stick chemical. Saint Ann School students learned about the chemical reaction that makes the light stick, how light sticks are used, and chemiluminescence in nature. The STEM event ended with each student receiving light sticks.