Innovative program honored for science outreach
Four hundred fourth-graders from underrepresented schools across New Mexico suited up in lab coats and goggles at Sandia’s Advanced Materials Laboratory to discover that chemistry is a real blast. The CSI: Dognapping outreach program, now in its 11th year, recently received national acclaim from The American Chemical Society, winning The ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Kids & Chemistry.
The weeklong workshop was designed by Tim Boyle and Bernadette Hernandez-Sanchez, and is run by volunteers from Sandia’s Materials Science and Engineering Center. Students interact with Sandia scientists and engineers, following clues to find the missing chemistry dog.
The program is geared toward exciting students about careers in STEM.
Tim says, “We learned that fourth grade is when many of these kids start thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.”
Bernadette says, “This national award is a huge accomplishment for Center 1800 and all of the Sandia volunteers. The feedback we get is that these kids go home viewing themselves as junior scientists and playing CSI on the playground.”