Chemistry Discovery is an outreach program with the goal of promoting and facilitating chemistry learning for middle school students (grades 6-8). Our workshops are designed and conducted by University of Arizona students in collaboration with several faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Our students learn to apply the knowledge acquired in their chemistry classes in order to develop activities that prompt our visitors to discover chemical concepts in their daily experience and explore the chemical properties of common objects in the world around us. This year, we will focus on four different content units organized in separate workstations:
- Metals around us – From Hardware to Healthcare
- Biochemistry – The Chemistry of You
- Energy – The Power of Chemistry
- Fluorescence – Chemistry in the Spotlight
The Chemistry Discovery workshops maintain an interactive and dynamic atmosphere in order to encourage students to ask questions, make observations and draw conclusions in activities that aim at recapitulating the experiences of scientists in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry.
Furthermore, our program promotes higher education by providing an opportunity for middle school students to discuss scientific observations while interacting with college students.
When and Where
Chemistry Discovery workshops will be available from 9:00 to 10:30 AM on November 15, 20 and 27, 2012 in the Discovery Lab at the Flandrau Science Center on the University of Arizona campus. A Saturday event during the second half of November could be schedule upon request.
For Fall 2012, the Chemistry Discovery workshops are offered at no charge!
Contact Prof. Elisa Tomat
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
To Reserve a Workshop
Contact Rosie Mankel