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OPTION 1 - Magic trick chemistry

You must supply the materials yourself (e.g. baking soda & vinegar). This must be a safe demonstration! Your job is to show us the demonstration and thoroughly explain the chemistry. If you like, you may include a video of the demonstration to supplement (but not replace!) a live demonstration. A few sites to find chemistry demonstrations and activities are given below. There are many more out there!

OPTION 2 - Chemistry in film and TV

Choose a scene from TV or film in which chemistry is used. The scene should be no more than 2 minutes. Bring in the film or TV clip, describe to the class what they’re going to see, what chemistry to look for, and then follow up the clip with a short presentation describing all the CHEMISTRY used (or misused!) in that clip. NOTE: You must supply the clip yourself (e.g. YouTube link, Netflix scene, etc.).

OPTION 3 - Chemistry in a career

Choose a career to study that might appeal to someone with a background in science. Working with a partner, you will prepare a presentation, lasting no more than 20 minutes, using Google Slides, to teach the class about the career you chose. Once you make your presentation, please share it and make it so that "anyone with the link can view." This is an open-ended assignment. You can be as creative as you like! Ask yourself the kinds of questions you would like to know the answers to. Then research them to the best of your ability, and show the class what you find. Some possible career options to study are listed below. You do NOT need to choose from this list! When you have chosen a partner and a career, sign up for a presentation date with Dr. O'Malley.

Some key questions to think about answering in your presentation include:

  • What are the various titles that might go along with this profession?
  • What companies would someone in this career work for?
  • What are the typical work duties?
  • How much education and schooling is typically required?
  • What types of salaries can be expected?
  • What seem to be the PROS and CONS of working in this profession?
  • Where did you find your information?

Some good websites to help you start gathering information include:

  • laboratory manager
  • environmental lawyer
  • forensic scientist
  • pharmacist
  • university professor
  • biomedical engineer
  • chemical engineer
  • food scientist
  • medical writer
  • process research chemist
  • medicinal chemist
  • patent lawyer
  • pharmaceutical sales representative
  • regulatory affairs specialist
  • molecular modeler
  • brewer
  • computational chemist
  • pryo technician
  • anesthesiologist
  • veterinarian
  • art restoration specialist
  • crystallographer
  • chemistry app developer
  • formulation chemist
  • communications manager
  • toxicologist
  • sales scientist
  • research scientist
  • dye, pigment, ink chemist