Chemistry and Your Life, Chemistry in Your Life

Lay Summary 

During the second week of October, Dr. Geoff Rayner-Canham, and his two student colleagues, Robin Taylor and Yu-Ru Lee, visited the schools on the Labrador south coast on a Chemistry Outreach, extolling the importance and relevance of chemistry. Students at these schools rarely see real live chemistry in action and get to explore chemistry for themselves. It is particularly important that students not only experience the excitement of chemistry but also see it as an integral part of their lives, whether it is foodstuffs, cosmetics, and the myriad other aspects of our chemical world we live in. The team also demonstrated new materials which are altering our lives and discussed the growing importance of environmental chemistry, especially the career opportunities. By having two young women science presenters, it was common after the event for girls at the schools to stay behind and animatedly share their own enthusiasm for science and for chemistry in particular, and for their interest in pursuing a science-related career. The Outreach visited eight schools, from Cartwright, Labrador to St. Paul's, Quebec, doing twelve presentations to a total of 450 students, in doing so, they drove a total of 2066 km. The Outreach was sponsored by a Quick Start Award for Public Engagement, MUN; Grenfell Campus, MUN; Esteem Women (Nfld&Lab); and the Canadian Society for Chemistry, Chemistry Education Fund.

Quick Start Fund For Public Engagement
Grenfell Campus
Esteem Women NL
Canadian Society for Chemistry (Chemistry Education Fund)
Charlottetown, Labrador
Port Hope Simpson
St. Lewis
Mary's Harbour
Red Bay
L'Anse au Loup, Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador
Women in Science
Science Education
Industry Sectors 
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Start date 
9 Oct 2016
End date 
15 Oct 2016