K-12 Experiment Kits

The CSSM has created an experiment kit “recipe” intended to introduce K-12 students, informally, to separations science in a safe, hands-on way.  For older students (grades 6-12), there is a component associated with social justice, as well.  While we have distributed a limited number of physical kits thus far, future directions have us hoping to provide more kits and generate more experiments for kids to use in after school programs and programs such as a Scouts, 4-H, etc.  All experiment write-ups, videos and assessments are FREE and leveled specifically for children in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12!  

Educational Leaders: Please see Learning Objectives for your level below to align the experiment with your curriculum.

Elementary School (K-5) Learning Objectives

Middle School (6-8) Learning Objectives

High School (9-12) Learning Objectives

If you are interested in obtaining the full recipe for the kit, links to video lessons, and the online assessments that go with the activities, please email guron@sas.upenn.edu.

If you have tried this experiment with children, don’t forget to tweet @NSF_CSSM with the #CSSMSustainabilityAmbassador with photos and tell us how you and the kids are helping to protect the earth!  If your school/organization is not on twitter, please send us photos (ensuring appropriate permissions have been obtained), so we may share on our twitter page.

National Chemistry Week 2019

CSSM members from Prof. Suzanne Bart’s lab participated in National Chemistry Week in West Lafayette, IN, an event sponsored annually by the American Chemical Society. This event is a “public awareness campaign that promotes the value of chemistry in everyday life.” This event is held in classrooms all over the United States, and facilitates interactions of ACS members with K-12 students.

Students and their teacher work with Rare Earth magnets to make a paper clip chain. In this module, students learned about the magnetic properties of metals, and how they can induce magnetic fields in non-magnetic materials. This is important given the potential use of magnetic properties in developing separations strategies.


If you are interested in learning more information about CSSM public outreach efforts and opportunities, please contact guron@sas.upenn.edu.