The lab introduces hydrogels to a high school classroom

The lab taught students at Arvada West all about covalent and non-covalent interactions responsible for hydrogel formation. We had a lot of fun forming, dissolving, and reforming hydrogels. Alginate, agarose, and HEMA behaved very differently under heating and EDTA addition. Click through the gallery above to watch the lab in action. Thanks to HS teachers, Matthew Studenny and Deb Thompson for inviting us to their Honors chemistry class!

The Kumar lab introduces polymer chemistry lab modules to Arvada West High School

Claire Nelson, senior in Mines Chemistry talks about electronegativity in Aravada West High School’s Honors Chemistry class

  The lab is developing engaging and interactive lab modules that will introduce high-schoolers at Arvada West to polymer chemistry concepts. Thanks to Matthew Studenny and Deborah Thompson (high school teachers at A-West) for inviting us to their classrooms!