Good Chemistry

Posted on November 14, 2023
Lance Crawford

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University of South Alabama's Assistant Vice President of Research and Professor of chemistry Dr. Matthew Reichert watches students discuss his chemistry demonstration at Mobile's Exploreum Science Center in October. The Exploreum and South have partnered on a project to inspire young students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

The University of South Alabama’s chemistry department is partnering with the Exploreum Science Center in Mobile to help elementary and middle school students understand that science, technology, engineering and math skills are not only in demand, but can also be fun.

 “This partnership provides an outreach and marketing opportunity for USA and the chemistry department — it gets us in front of the kids and their parents,” said Dr. Jason Coym, associate professor and chemistry department chair. “It also provides resources and expertise in chemistry to the Exploreum, so it's a win-win for everyone.”

The initial event took place the Saturday before Halloween with the theme of “Spooky Chemistry.” South’s chemistry faculty members and undergraduate students from the American Chemical Society-Student Affiliate group lead the demonstrations.

“We had a lab full of people, of all ages, eager to see the chemistry department’s Halloween demonstrations,” said Savannah Holland, Exploreum director of education. “It was a beautiful Saturday filled with exciting science demonstrations, Halloween costumes and lots of hands-on STEM activities.”

The next event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Exploreum.

“We are optimistic that we will see lots of visitors as a kick-off weekend to Thanksgiving break for our local schools,” she said. “The Exploreum looks forward to continuing our relationship with South to support curiosity, learning and community along the Gulf Coast.”

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