Jennifer is helping to change youth attitudes about science. Through her volunteering, she is seeing the difference that she can make in the lives of students with chemistry and physics activities.
Time volunteering with Let’s Talk Science: Since October 2015
Area of study: Chemistry PhD with a focus on silicone polymers
Inspirational Moment: The most inspirational moments are when the kids are having fun, particularly when they had insisted that they dislike science. Despite their initial attitude towards the activity, I think it is amazing that we are able to turn a subject that can be seen as ‘hard’ or ‘boring’ into fun activities which can change an entire room’s perspective, and have them begging to start the next activity.
Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity: The chemistry and physics activities are my favourite; I really enjoyed doing ‘Lava Lamps’ and the ‘Coin Drop with a Twist’ with students.
Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? I love working with children. It’s a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge while encouraging them to consider a future in science. I love seeing their faces light up with excitement and joy when they start to see and understand the science occurring in front of their eyes.
Fun fact: When I’m not ‘cooking’ up silicones in the lab, I’m baking desserts in the kitchen; my weekly lab group meetings are my excuse to bake. Chemist by day, ‘chemist’ by night.