The Kids & Chemistry program was developed in 1997 by the ACS as an attempt to give members the resources and training necessary to share science with children. In this program, they use their experience and training in science to bring hands-on activities to children ages 9-12.
The initial training should allow the participants be more at ease when working directly with elementary school age students. Students participate in a positive learning experience and hopefully students will become aware that:
Science and chemistry are a part of everyday living.
Science and scientists make positive contributions to everyday life
Chemists and other scientists are people like them
The Section became involved in the program under the aegis of Walter Siegl in September of 1997. Announcements for a training session for the program appeared in the Detroit Chemist in September and November of 1997 and again in January 1998. Twenty Section volunteers participate in the program. From this group, six persons were chosen as a "Leadership group". In late February and again in March, the six met with Jodi Greenblatt from the National ACS for day-long orientation and planning sessions.
In early May all 20 volunteers attended a training workshop to get ready for the first major trial of the program.That trial was an appearance at the Michigan Taste Fest held in Detroit's New Center Area near the Fisher and GM Buildings during the Fourth of July festivities. The group had a tent for their "first big" activity. More than 300 kids learned about pH, acidity and acid/base indicators . The activity was received enthusiastically by the participants as well as from parents and teachers who happened to be present at the festival. K&C volunteers included Jennifer Stelman (event leader), Lisette Maloney, Ron Schroeder, Felix Schneider, Charlene Hayden, Mary Kay Heidtke, Jennifer Hicks, Scott Harrison and Rebecca Ihrie.
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