Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. TheMIT Department of Chemistryis taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
The Chemistry Education Office staff is responsible for administering the educational programs in the Department of Chemistry. Students can find answers to many questions about the undergraduate and graduate programs on the department website, and they are encouraged to stop by and see the staff in the office located in 6-205.
The student-run outreach programs in the Department of Chemistry aim to bring the excitement of chemical sciences to the community through lively demonstrations designed to illustrate a broad range of chemical principles. Graduate students visit science classes in high schools and middle schools in the Greater Boston area with a view to demystifying chemistry through hands-on experiments. ClubChem, an undergraduate chemistry organization, conducts Chemistry Magic Shows for elementary schools and youth programs in the Greater Boston area.
Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. MIT Chemistry is taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry at its most fundamental level, unraveling the biochemical complexities of natural systems, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
Chemistry Students Take On 'Science on a Saturday'
March 10, 2017
On Saturday, March 4, several Chemistry students volunteered their time to participate in Science on a Saturday, a free, weekly, 60-minute presentation of entertaining scientific demonstrations and hands-on activities open to local elementary, middle, and high school students. This event is produced by MIT alumnus, Dr. Todd H. Rider and sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation.
Dr. Rider is the founder of The RIDER Institute, which is dedicated to Revolutionary Innovation, Development, Education, and Research. Dr. Rider received his Ph.D. from MIT, and his research has been featured in magazines ranging from Science to Time and on TV programs from NBC’s Nightly News to BBC’s Horizon. He invented and developed the DRACO broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutics and demonstrated that they are safe and effective against 18 different viruses in cells and 4 viruses in mice in initial experiments. He also invented the CANARY sensor, which uses genetically engineered white blood cells to rapidly identify bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. In other areas of research, he discovered fundamental physical limitations on nuclear fusion reactors, analyzed antimatter rocket engines, and demonstrated methods to combine numerous laser beams to form more powerful laser beams. He created and runs the Science on Saturday program at MIT and has over 25 years of experience teaching students at all levels.
The Chemistry students hosted approximately 1000 people at their iteration of the event, in spite of bitterly cold weather. The stage show and demonstrations tables were a huge success among the attendees - a true testament to the students' hard work and commitment to making this a truly memorable morning of Science!