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.
Marvelous Molecules at Play Presented at the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival
May 3, 2017
Photos by Clinton Blackburn.
On Saturday, April 22, attendees of the 11th Annual Cambridge Science Festival (CSF) celebrated Earth Day with the ever-popular 'Marvelous Molecules at Play', a spectacular morning of chemistry magic presented by Dr. John Dolhun (PhD '72), and team members Julie Kim, Rosy Philpot, Joanne Kelleher, Adelle Housker, Ali Rudolph and Faith Dukes. The presentation coincided with the March for Science in Boston Common.
The Cambridge Science Festival, an annual ten day long affair that, this year, spanned from April 14 - April 23, is the first of its kind in the United States. It serves to showcase the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math that exists in the Cambridge area - and the fun that can be had with it. A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and enjoyable, highlighting the impact of STEAM to all of life's aspcts.
The Cambridge Science Festival offers a wide range of STEAM-related activities – lectures, debates, exhibitions, concerts, plays, workshops, etc. – over ten days at a variety of locations. Modeled on art, music, and movie festivals, the Cambridge Science Festival makes STEAM part of the wider culture by illuminating the richness of scientific inquiry and the excitement of discovery.
The Festival’s collaborators – The MIT Museum, Harvard University, the City of Cambridge, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Public Library, and the Museum of Science – reach out to K-12 students, the general public, and the science community, to excite and ignite curiosity.