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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:


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.

View the current schedule and register your class today!

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.


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. 




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

Screenshot of the Purdue Chemistry Facebook page.