Informal Education with Youth
You can share chemistry with students outside of the classroom. A child’s birthday party, an after school program, a scout event, a demonstration at a local library, and a community expo are all great opportunities to introduce chemistry to young people.
If you’re planning a small, private event like a birthday party or a scout meeting, you can easily incorporate a chemistry experiment or demonstration. Select from a list of safety tested activities, and then prepare a hands-on experiment that is appropriate for the age of the kids you will be working with.
Adventures in Chemistry – These activities provide detailed instructions, worksheets, discussion topics and safety information to help you teach for the age and curriculum of the students (grades K-8).
MiddleSchoolChemistry.com – Lesson plans, classroom activities, and background science information (grades 6-8).
High School Chemsitry Education – Articles, lessons and other activities designed for chemistry learning (grades 9-12).
Remember: Whenever you plan an experiment as part of your outreach, consult Science Safety Guidelines to incorporate safe practices into your activity.
- Presenting to Young Audiences – When you speak with kids about chemistry, try to remember to interest them in science while speaking in their terms.
- Tips for Events in Public Venues – Get ideas for groups to reach out to, and tips for making contact.
- Public Relations and Media Outreach – Tips and tools to gain publicity for your event.
“There’s that sense of wonder, that sense of awe, that comes from doing hands-on science. And I very much consider myself to this day to be a hands-on scientist. There’s something fundamentally cool about it, and this is a chance to share that.”