SHC chemistry students share enthusiasm for science with Mobile eighth-graders

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 3:00pm

MOBILE, Ala. – Chemistry students at Spring Hill College have “adopted” an eighth-grade physical science class at Pillans Middle School in Mobile, hoping to encourage an enthusiasm for studying science.

The Partners in Science program includes 11 SHC students who visit the class once a month on Friday afternoons and conduct laboratory activities. The eighth-grade students are split into groups of two to three that allows the college students to better develop relationships with the youngsters and advise them not only about the study of science but also the importance of their pursuit of education.

The Spring Hill students bring all the required materials, including goggles and lab coats, for the class and lab activity. SHC chemistry professors Dr. Lesli Bordas and Dr. Carolyn Simmons direct the project.

“We received funding from the College through a small grant that allowed us to do some research and develop the lab activities,” said Simmons. “We worked closely with Mrs. Leigh Ruland-Miller, the eighth-grade teacher at Pillans Middle School, to develop the labs.”

The Spring Hill College student chapter of the American Chemical Society also received funding from the ACS in the form of a Community Interactions Grant to support the project.