Chemistry Outreach - Dr. Gail A. Steehler
Doing science is so much fun that it really must be shared with others. I take chemistry programs to the public so that others can share the fun and wonder of science. I have done programs for groups of all ages--preschoolers to ElderScholars. Programs can be matched to a classroom curriculum or just be fun, enrichment experiences. I will visit elementary or high school classrooms, scout groups, PTA meetings, and just about anywhere else (within a reasonable distance) that I'm invited. When possible, my programs involve hands-on activities. I also train groups of college students to take programs out.
Some of the programs I have presented include
- It's a Gas. This is a program of chemical demonstrations illustrating physical and chemical properties and everyday applications of some gases.
- Amazing Dry Ice. I usually do this program as a hands-on activity for kids 3rd grade or above. It's a fun way to illustrate a variety of concepts related to states of matter and energy.
- Hands-on Classroom Activities. For an elementary classroom (or similar group), I choose one or two hands-on activities that illustrate some aspect of chemistry. Many different activities are possible for kids of any age.
- Polymers. Polymers are giant molecules. They are the structural building materials of our bodies as well as synthetic fibers and plastics. This program works well as a series of demonstrations, and can include hands-on activities for younger audiences.
- React with a Chemist. This is a collection of chemical reactions with lots of visual appeal that give me a chance to talk about chemical principles and applications.
- Careers in Chemistry. For high school groups, I give a fairly straight talk on careers, educational requirements, etc, with some demos thrown in to illustrate a few points. I've also given this talk at elementary career days.
- Chemistry of Colors and Odors. This program describes the chemical and physical basis for our perception of colors and odors. It works best with high school and adult groups.
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