Let's Do Chemistry STEM for All
Let’s Do Chemistry! Changing attitudes about chemistry
Responding to a call in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2016 report on Effective Chemistry Communication in Informal Environments, the Museum of Science, Science Museum of Minnesota, and National Informal STEM Education Network, partnered with the American Chemical Society to develop a framework and set of hands-on activities aimed at encouraging positive attitudes toward learning about chemistry. Educational researchers and informal educators worked together using a design-based research process to advance a theoretical framework and optimize a set of hands-on activities to stimulate interest, sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy with respect to chemistry among visitors to science museums and National Chemistry Week events. 250 kits were distributed to sites nationwide in 2018. This video tells the project's story and shows the kit materials in use by visitors and their perceptions of chemistry as fun, interesting, real, and something that they can do. All the resources developed are freely available online (nisenet.org/chemistry-kit) to anyone who wants them, including event planning and promotional materials; safety, professional development, and facilitator training materials and videos; as well as the hands-on activities themselves in both English and Spanish. While chemistry is the least well represented of the major sciences in science museums and other informal educational media, Let's Do Chemistry kits have left informal educators asking for more. Train-the-trainer workshops are planned for professional conferences and online presentation later in 2020 to spread project findings and associated practices through a diverse group of chemists and chemistry outreach professionals nationwide.
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For more info on this project please visit: nisenet.org/chemattitudes