Spellbound - How Kids Become Scientists

Spellbound, a video series produced for the 2011 observance of the International Year of Chemistry, tells the story of scientists whose childhood curiosity about everyday things helped them launch careers in the lab, win Nobel Prizes, and make other achievements. Their curiosity, mentors, role models, and other early childhood experiences may point to approaches that can be used today, and tomorrow, in encouraging young people into careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Episode List:

Episode 1—A Sign on the Door: Ahmed Zewail, Ph.D.


Episode 2—Finding Her Way: Kristala L. Jones Prather, Ph.D.


Episode 3—A Yellow Sweater: Bassam Shakhashiri, Ph.D.


Episode 4—When Girls Didn’t “Do” Science: Mamie Moy


Episode 5— A Born Chemist: Isiah Warner, Ph.D.


Episode 6—Mentors Made the Difference: Nancy Jackson, Ph.D.


Episode 7—Heroes Made the Difference: Peter Agre, M.D.


Episode 8—The Winds of War: Helen M. Free: Helen Free, Ph.D.