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Chemistry is all around us – it’s in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the medicines we take, and much more. The Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry kits were designed and developed for the National Informal STEM Education Network with funding from the National Science Foundation, to stimulate interest, sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy about chemistry among public audiences. The lessons we offer provide engaging opportunities for hands-on experimentation to explore the world of chemistry.


Our field trips lesson offerings include your choice of:


  • Cleaning Oil Spills with Chemistry – Participants learn how different materials interact, and problem-solve to clean up a miniature model “oil spill.” Which method (or combination of methods) works best?

  • Chemistry is Colorful – Encourages participants to explore the separation of colors through paper chromatography.

  • Chemistry Makes Scents – Participants use their noses to distinguish between chemicals with very similar structures. Some molecule pairs contain all the same elements, arranged the same way but flipped in a “mirror image.” While these chemicals can behave similarly, they often have very different properties.

  • Molecules in Motion – Explores how materials behave and change in a vacuum.

  • Nature of Dye – Participants create their own dyes and art while exploring how chemicals interact, and how these interactions can have real-world applications. Participants predict, observe, and share what they notice as they experiment with the dye.

  • Rocket Reactions – Exciting way to learn about how materials interact, behave, and change. Participants make little baking soda and vinegar “rockets,” launching plastic caps into the air, and experimenting to discover the best mix of fuel for their rocket.

  • What’s in the Water – Participants use tools to solve a mystery: what chemicals and compounds are in a sample of water. By investigating with a variety of tools and techniques learners understand how chemistry can help us explore, understand, and solve problems.

  • Build a Battery – Participants learn how batteries work and how materials behave, change, and interact by building their own simple battery out of metal and felt washers. They can use their battery to power an LED or a buzzer. This style of battery is similar to the original “voltaic pile” battery

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