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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