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K-12 Chemistry Outreach

Sarah Nern

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:


Summer 2024 Teacher Fellow

College of Science K-12 Outreach is seeking a high school chemistry and/or integrated chemistry physics teacher for a Summer Fellowship. This is an opportunity to work with a research scientist and develop classroom lessons that will also become part of the Purdue STEM Degree program. 

Click here for the Google Form application

DEADLINE to apply is Friday, April 12 - 4:30pm (EDT)


Hands-on Purdue Lab Experiences (Formerly AP Fridays):

Students doing AP work.

Teachers can bring classes to the West Lafayette campus to participate in labs instructed by Purdue faculty, staff, and graduate students. These sessions take place in our updated K-12 Outreach lab space, located in the Brown Laboratory of Chemistry. 


Professional Development Opportunities

We offer a variety of professional development sessions for educators. These events include content, pedagogy, STEM integration, and GLOBE certification. Click here to view our current professional development offerings, or contact Sarah Nern at snern @ to discuss a professional development workshop for your school.



Check out the K-12 Chemistry Outreach Facebook page: @PurdueChem.

Screenshot of the Purdue Chemistry Facebook page.