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K-12 Outreach

Chemistry and Biochemistry provide K-12 Resources and activities from Chemistry Shows given by the SMACS and AXS groups. 

We also have the Visiting Scholars Program, which is an opportunity to receive credit for sharing your passion for science!

Visiting Scholars LogoVisiting Scholars is a program established three years ago by the Biochemistry Club in which UA students visit Tucson area high school classes to talk about opportunities to participate in research at UA and to answer questions high school students have about the college experience.  Participants will receive one upper division credit by signing up for BIOC 396D. In this class you will:

  • Receive instruction on effective public speaking from representatives from Office of Instruction and Assessment and BioSciences Toastmasters
  • Prepare a talk to present in high school classrooms. Talks may be based upon your research expertise and interests at the UA or may be used to share your insights into transitioning from high school to college
  • Engage in peer evaluations of those talks
  • Visit Tucson high schools to share your knowledge and passion for science
  • Help high school students prepare for and survive the pitfalls of the undergraduate experience

Dr. Chad Park is the course coordinator for Visiting Scholars Program and can be contacted for further information.

Chemistry Discovery CHEM 396D

Bring your enthusiasm for science and you will make a difference!

Chemistry Discovery Chem 396D
@ the University of Arizona
Flandrau Science Center

CHEM 396D Chemistry Discovery Class MeetingUniversity of Arizona undergraduate students enrolled in CHEM 396D Chemistry Discovery are exposed to the rewarding experience of promoting chemistry among younger students from local middle schools. They learn how to connect chemistry knowledge with everyday life as they develop inquiry-based activities that facilitate chemistry learning. The main objective for the course is the design, development and execution of a series of workshops for visiting middle schools (grades 6-8) at the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center.

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

 is a 1-unit course offered in the Fall. Attendance is required.

In Fall 2017, the class will meet on Friday afternoons (3:00-3:50 PM) in Old Chemistry 209.

Chemistry Discovery workshops will be hosted from 9:15 to 10:30 AM on Wednesdays in October/November 2017 in the Discovery Lab at the Flandrau Science Center on the University of Arizona campus.

More Information

Contact Prof. Elisa Tomat
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

If you would like further information about any of these programs, contact: CBC-Outreach@email.arizona.edu