College-mentored polymer/materials science modules for middle and high school students

Robert G. Lorenzini, Maurica S. Lewis, Jin Kim Montclare

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Polymers are materials with vast environmental and economic ramifications, yet are generally not discussed in secondary education science curricula. We describe a program in which college mentors develop and implement hands-on, polymerrelated experiments to supplement a standard, state regents-prescribed high school chemistry course, as well as a middle school elective course on polymers. Interactive experimentation and feedback-oriented design are highlighted as critical elements to the success of the program. The experiments have been executed in two vastly different institutions: a New York City magnet high school for underprivileged females, and a private middle school for privileged male and female students; the similarities and differences are juxtaposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1105-1108
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011


  • Chemical education research
  • Collaborative/cooperative learning
  • Elementary/middle school science
  • Hands-on learning/manipulatives
  • High school/introductory chemistry
  • Materials science
  • Minorities in chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Public understanding/outreach
  • Women in chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Education


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