Summer Science Academy Visits Chemistry

Anthony Sementilli lectures to Summer Science Academy students in the ATOMIC classroom while Cam Pratt looks on. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Anthony Sementilli lectures to Summer Science Academy students in the ATOMIC classroom while Cam Pratt looks on. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

Students from the Summer Science Academy visited chemistry on Wednesday to participate in demos and tours organized by Pi Alpha Chemical Society. The Summer Science Academy is a two-week science enrichment program that provides high school students from traditionally underrepresented minority backgrounds the opportunity to develop a better understanding and appreciation of science by exposing them to an educational environment that is conducive to learning, motivating, challenging, and fun. “Hands on” experiences like the visit to chemistry are designed to heighten students’ interest in science by increasing awareness of careers in science and healthcare.

Anthony and Cam prepare for the cloud demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Anthony and Cam prepare for the cloud demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

Academy students were treated to a short, accessible lecture about the disciplines of chemistry by graduate student Anthony Sementilli (Lynn Group). During the question and answer period, one of the Academy students asked “Are we going to get to blow things up today?”

Fire! .gif created by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Fire! .gif created by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

Not to disappoint, Anthony wrapped up the lecture with a series of demos in the chemistry courtyard, including fire (combustion) and ice (liquid nitrogen cloud!) First year student Cam Pratt, newly arrived at Emory in the past week to start a summer rotation in the Davies Group, assisted with the demos.

Summer Science Academy students assist with the Elephant's Toothpaste demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Summer Science Academy students assist with the Elephant’s Toothpaste demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

The visitors also had the opportunity to participate in the “elephant’s toothpaste” demo. Following the demos, students toured the Jui and Lynn labs with the assistance of Anthony, Ally Boyington (Jui Group), and Michelle Leidy (Scarborough Group).

Students watch the cloud demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Students watch the cloud demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

The Summer Science Academy will bring two more groups to chemistry on June 22nd at 1:00pm and July 7th at 11:00am. If you are a current graduate student interested in volunteering to help with either visit, email Anthony Sementilli.