Session S18b (Monday, 2pm, Wartik 106)

P223: To go where no chemical educators have gone before

Tanika Chaisson, Geoff Rayner-Canham (Memorial University – Grenfell Campus, Canada)

Chemistry outreach programs serve to stimulate young students’ interest in the science of chemistry but remote communities are usually overlooked. It is our contention that it is such communities that are most in need. For the past ten years, we (GRC and one student colleague) have been taking a portable version of our “Chemistry is Everywhere!” show to ever more remote and isolated communities.  In this multifaceted presentation, we show the relevance and excitement of chemistry. Our travels have required the use of many forms of transportation, including charter plane, helicopter, snowmobile, and air boat. We have visited schools in many First Nations communities, including many of those across the Canadian Arctic.  In this presentation, the current student colleague (TC) will describe our presentation, some of the challenges which we have faced, and the future plans.  We will conclude with a few of the testimonials to our success.

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