The Energy and U program in the Twin Cities metro area has achieved a remarkable milestone, having successfully engaged over 100,000 students in chemistry. This biannual interactive show aims to educate third, fourth, and fifth-grade students about the First Law of Thermodynamics in fun activities. The May 2023 series completion marked the momentous achievement for the program. Energy and U captivates young minds with electrifying explosions, on-stage volunteer opportunities, and dynamic dance breaks, encouraging a sense of enthusiasm for chemistry. In 2023, the program delivered 30 performances, reaching 9,260 students aged 8 to 12, with two presentations specially tailored for Twin Cities Spanish immersion schools.
The collaboration involved close to one hundred students, faculty, and staff from various departments, including Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Theater Arts and Dance (TAD). Jessica Lamb, CSP Investigator & Assistant Professor of Chemistry, made her first presenter appearance, sharing the excitement and joy of the kids as they cheered on the captivating experiments. Supported by the National Science Foundation, UMN Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Theater Arts and Dance, as well as Medtronic and 3M Corporations, the Energy and U program continues to inspire young learners in the world of chemistry.
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