Sharing Chemistry with the Community
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Dr. Kenneth Lyle has developed a program of community chemistry education that fires the scientific imagination in students of all ages. His educational demonstrations are visually exciting and informative, explaining complex chemical reactions and effects in terms anyone can grasp, from an excited primary watching the Elephant Toothpaste demo create fantastic shapes out of seemingly nothing to students at Meredith College cheering as they light hydrogen bubble on fire. Dr. Lyle's program has become increasingly popular over the last 3 years, resulting in requests from dozens of schools from elementary to colleges and even the formation of his own course on how to share the excitement of chemistry exploration and discovery with Duke's neighboring communities: Chemistry 180.

Outreach Events for Spring 2016

  • January 22

    Bethesda Christian Academy, Durham, NC
    "The Magic of Chemistry"

  • January 25

    Watts Elementary School, Durham, NC
    "The Chemistry of Color"

  • February 8, 9, 11

    1238 FFSC for Endeavor Charter School, Wake Forest, NC
    "The Chemistry of Health"

  • February 10

    Triangle Day School, Durham, NC

  • February 17

    Scotts Ridge Elementary School, Apex, NC

  • February 18

Carrington Middle School, Durham NC
"Introduction to Chemistry"

Jewish Community Center, Duke University
Chemistry demos and hands on experience

  • February 19

North Raleigh Christian School, Raleigh, NC

  • February 27

FEMMES Capstone Event, Duke University
"The Chemistry of Color"

  • March 3

Morrisfill Elementary School, Morrisville, NC
"STEM Night"

  • March 4

Root Elementary School, Raleigh, NC

  • March 22

E.K. Powe Elementary School, Durham, NC
"Science Night"

  • April 7

Little River Elementary School, Durham, NC
"Science Night"

  • April 9

UNC-Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill, NC
"Unique Materials"

  • April 14-17

Walter E. Washington, Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
"Unique Materials"

Ongoing Outreach Programs

  • Hillandale Elementary After School Science Club

    Durham, NC / 3:30 – 5 p.m. every Monday

    This program brings chemistry demonstrations and hands-on activities to a group of 20 upper-elementary aged children on a weekly basis. Each week the activities emphasize a particular chemical concept. In the past topics have included density, combustion, pressure, acid-base theory, and polymers.

  • NC Museum of Life & Science

    Durham, NC / Saturdays at the Museum, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    This program involves the staging of chemistry demonstrations and hands-on activities for elementary aged children and their parents int he science lab of the museum. Density, combustion, pulymets, acid-base chemistry, and CSI have served as themes for previous presentations.