Hendrix SnapShots: Ridin' Dirty with Science

DR. LIZ GRON, PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY:

Ridin' Dirty with Science is an outreach program with Hendrix College and the Boys and Girls Club of Conway where we help bring science to middle school kids using Hendrix science students as the people who do the education.

NARRATOR:

Each year since 2007, Dr. Gron and several Hendrix student volunteers have offered two day science camps focusing on fun and interactive chemistry, biology and physics experiments.

ANY JIVAN '16, SUMMER N-STEAD INTERN:

We get to teach the kids about bacteria: good bacteria versus bad bacteria. We also look at organisms under microscopes. We do periodic table and the elements, which is really, really fun for them to learn about what is in the universe and how it is made up. Then we do states of matter, physical changes and chemical changes, along with a lot of reactions that are more demonstrations because they're kind of dangerous but they're super fun to look at.

GRON:

This program has been funded by Odyssey in the past, but this year we have the benefit of being funded underneath the NSF Noyce science education grant. The science education grant is trying to take our best science undergraduates and teach them how to be the best science teachers. So, it funds not only science teacher education but also it funds this program where our Hendrix students are learning how to make hard things simple and still right.

NARRATOR:

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