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Museum to Receive 'Let's Do Chemistry' Activity Kit


Museum to Receive 'Let's Do Chemistry' Activity Kit


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University Museum will receive an "Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry" kit from the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). 

The kit, with 11 activities, is designed to promote interest in chemistry.  It should arrive at the Museum by early September, and will be used for educational activities and events during the upcoming year, according to Jill Kary, curator of education for the museum.  Kary wrote the successful application for one of only 250 kits distributed nationally.

"Let’s Do Chemistry" was developed by NISE Network in collaboration with the American Chemical Society (ACS), which funded the assembly and distribution of the kits through a grant.  ACS has a student chapter at A-State.

"This year, Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein' turned 200," Kary stated.  "In October, we will celebrate the bicentennial year of Frankenstein by presenting a 'Scary STEM' event in his honor using the 'Let’s Do Chemistry' teaching kit.  Because of this gift from NISE Net, we will be able offer activities that emulate Dr. Frankenstein’s chemistry lab for spine-tingling science."

Kary has been in contact with Dr. William Burns, chemistry chair, to discuss the Department's use of components from "Let’s Do Chemistry" during in-school visits and other outreach events they may have with young people and other potential audiences.

Information about ASU Museum's programs and resources is available on its website, AState.edu/Museum.

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