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K-12 Chemistry Outreach

Sarah Sarah Nern is the K-12 Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Chemistry. 


The Department of Chemistry works very hard to meet the 3 goals of the College of Science Outreach. These goals are:

Goal 1:  Provide professional development and support for K-12 science and mathematics educators

Goal 2: Create and facilitate programs that develop scientifically literate K-12 students to foster interest and enthusiasm for science and mathematics

Goal 3:  Create opportunities for broader impact by working with institutions of higher education, industry, and governmental agencies to support scientific literacy.


Some of the programs offered include:


AP Fridays at Purdue:

Faculty and staf working with AP Students visiting campus

The purpose of these lab sessions is to provide schools with the time and support needed to conduct suggested AP Labs in a guided-inquiry format on a college campus. Participation in one of the scheduled labs would help to ensure AP students have access to necessary resources outlined in both the AP Environmental Science and AP Chemistry curriculum frameworks that are requirements of the AP Course Audit.

To see the current schedule, visit this page 


Professional Development Opportunities:

We offer a variety of professional development workshops. These workshops include content, pedagogy, STEM integration, and GLOBE certification. To discuss a professional development workshop for your school, contact Saran Nern at snern @

 Elementary STEM workshop at the Indianapolis Children's Museum

K-12 Outreach Newsletter:

Several times a year the College of Science sends out a newsletter for educators. Each newsletter will be about a different theme and include lesson plans, resources, literacy connections, videos of experiments, and upcoming outreach events.

Sign up for our newsletter here

Global Learning to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  We offer support to persons and groups interested in joining GLOBE or collecting data. 

 GLOBE STEM Professional Development for teachers


Indiana Virtual Science Symposium  


The symposium allows students (individually or in groups) in grades 5 - 12  to share results from research investigations using GLOBE protocols and/or the GLOBE database.  We hope the experience will prepare students for both the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS) and the U.S. Midwest regional Student Research Symposia (SRS).  

For more information see the Indiana VSS page


Want to see what we are up to? Check out our Facebook page @PurdueChem 


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