Supporting Educators

NSF outreach effort promotes thermodynamics education

Elijah Thimsen, associate professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering, and educators from area school districts work together to make chemistry concepts more accessible to high school students. In May, the McKelvey School of Engineering hosted 22 students from Clayton, St. Charles and Belleville, Illinois for a daylong, hands-on lesson on thermodynamics. They toured faculty labs in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering and took part in an activity where they used photovoltaic panels to produce hydrogen that powered toy cars. Read more at the McKelvey School of Engineering.