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Wesley Students Help Children Explore Chemistry

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 1:27pm

Pictured left to right: Brown, Deputy, Roe, Dr. D’Souza, Uyebi, and Lankford.

Wesley College chemistry students fashioned experiments and hands-on activities for approximately 350 K-8 students during a day-long Delaware American Chemical Society (ACS) Section sponsored event to coincide with the 2018 Chemistry is Out of this World ACS Chemistry-Week theme on November 3 at the Independence School in Newark, Delaware.

Through the Delaware Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program sponsorship, the Wesley students exhibited engaging, space-themed, scientific principles in the construction of dry-ice comets, galaxy bottles, lava lamps, and UV-bracelets. The activities allowed the primary and middle school participants to learn about the importance of collaborative engagement, thoughtful questions and approaches, and the substance of failure in science.

The event offered students the opportunity to foster new connections, gain significant appreciation of basic science, and became adept at finding available resources.

The students included Alena Brown, Amanda Deputy, Christiana Roe, Omasan Uyebi, and Kylea Lankford as well as Wesley Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza represented faculty.

Dr. D’Souza mentored Uyebi to organize and led the group at the event. Her research project, “Fantasizing Ethereal Chemistry in Delaware” will be explained in a poster presentation at the Spring 2019 National ACS Meeting, in Orlando, FL.

“It is always very rewarding to see our students helping the next generation get excited about science,” said Dr. D’Souza. “We are thrilled to encourage and inspire young people with hands-on chemistry experiments.”