Chemistry Outreach Program for Fifth Grade Students, Parents, and Teachers

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If you would like to learn more about the opportunties available in our Chemistry Outreach Program, please send an email to Dr. Petra van Koppen at: or Dr. Darby Feldwinn at

Program for

K12 Teacher
K12 Student


One-time experience


Chemistry and Biochemistry Outreach

Our Fifth Grade Chemistry Outreach Program is a partnership between local elementary students and teachers and UCSB students and faculty. To improve educational opportunities for K-12 students, we have developed a program that brings fifth grade students to the chemistry lab at UCSB every Thursday morning to participate in hands-on standards-based physical science activities. The program is designed to nourish their natural curiosity in science and to stimulate an interest in pursuing a higher education in science. In addition, UCSB students are given the opportunity to share their love of science with elementary students and to consider a career path as a science educator.

  • Enable students from diverse backgrounds to work with UCSB students who are also from diverse backgrounds
  • Spark new interests in sciences and fuel current interests
  • Show students the relevance of chemistry
  • Engage students, parents and teachers in exciting hands-on activities
  • Enable volunteers to share their enthusiasm for science with young students
  • Inspire students to pursue a higher education in science
  • Show elementary school students the excitement of working in a college setting