High School Visits

What’s that?  You are interested in getting first-hand experience in a chemistry lab with trained professionals like the one below?

Trained professional, John McIlroy, gives a short lesson on gas chromatography.

Well then the MSU local YCC section can help.  We offer local high school classes the chance to come in and get hand’s on experience in our analytical/physical chemistry laboratory.  Under the guidance of chemistry department graduate students, the high school students take part getting to know one of our many instruments and then use a real-world situation to run an experiment.  The instruments/techniques we use are gas chromotography, gas chromotography-mass spectrometry, high pressure liquid chromotography, infrared spectroscopy, ultra violet-visible spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy, atomic adsorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, x ray fluorescence spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.  After the experiments are run, the student teams will explain

Demo specialist, Stephen Halpin, provides insight into the different colors seen as various salts are exposed to high temperature.

how the instrument they used works and their experimental results to the rest of their class.  These visits also give high school students a chance to interact with and learn from chemistry professionals.  It is also possible for teachers to couple their visit with a tour of some campus facilities such as our scientific glassblowing shop or the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory right next door to the chemistry building.

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