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.
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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.
MIT Women In Chemistry Hold 'Scientist for a Day' Camp
August 17, 2016
On July 30, 2016, the MIT Women in Chemistry held a Scientist for a Day camp for middle school-aged girls from the area.
The 22 girls who attended were invited to campus for an afternoon of chemistry demonstrations and hands-on experiments. The day began with an opening demonstration of hydrogen peroxide decomposition, or "elephant toothpaste", while discussing what it is that a chemist does:
A young Scientist for the Day observes as the ice cream comes into fruition.
In between, the girls had the opportunity to interact with members of Women in Chemistry, who guided them through engaging experiment stations, where the girls learned about nylon synthesis by making "slime":
The Scientist for a Day camp was a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for all who participated. It was organized and run entirely by volunteers from MIT Women in Chemistry, who allocated a portion of their Departmental funding to hold the event. The response was universially positive, and the group aims to continue this program (and others like it!) in the future.