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LSU ChemDemo Program: Combining Service Learning and Outreach on a Large Scale. Prof. George G. Stanley Cyril & Tutta Vetter Alumni Professor Louisiana State University. LSU Undergraduate Students Visiting K-12 Classrooms to Perform Hands-On Chemistry & Science Demonstrations.

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lsu chemdemo program combining service learning and outreach on a large scale

LSU ChemDemo Program: Combining Service Learning and Outreach on a Large Scale

Prof. George G. Stanley

Cyril & Tutta Vetter Alumni Professor

Louisiana State University

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LSU Undergraduate Students Visiting K-12 Classrooms to Perform Hands-On Chemistry & Science Demonstrations
chemistry classes involved
Chemistry Classes Involved
  • Chem 1201/1202 – General Chemistry (200+ students per section) Profs. Patrick Kolniak, Andy Maverick, George Stanley
  • Chem 2461/2462 – Honors Organic Chemistry (~ 40-60 students per section) Prof. Bob Hammer
  • Chem 4571 – Organometallic Chemistry (160-170 students per section) Prof. George Stanley
picking a school class
Picking a School/Class
  • Students pick their own School and Class/Teacher, contact and make all arrangements for a visit.
  • K-12 Teachers can fill out and submit “Teacher Interest Forms” that professors post and students can pick.
  • Students submit teacher name, class level, school address, experiment being done, and approximate date.
  • Student obtain some of the supplies needed, while we provide more “exotic” chemicals and equipment (“kits”).
  • Professor sends out introduction letter and stamped and self addressed evaluation card to teacher to assess the quality and effectiveness of the students presentation.
reflection 2 4 page student essays
Reflection – 2-4 Page Student Essays

Quotes:

“Not only did we learn something new about science, but we got an unforgettable opportunity to teach children.” – Heather Gallmann

“I really had a good time during this project and also learned a lot about chemistry by teaching it to others.” – Misty Rabalais

“It was a fun and exciting project for both the students and me.”– Aimee Gravois

“We all enjoyed this project and really felt that we have a better understanding of energy now that we have taught others about it.”– William Saint

“This was an experience I will never forget. The students along with the teachers had a blast, and so did I. It was a lot of fun and the kids seemed to learn a lot.” – Robert Earhart

funding thanks
Funding & Thanks

Initial Funding:

ExxonMobil

Louisiana Chemical Association

Current Funding:

National Science Foundation

LSU Department of Chemistry