Hands-On Science for the Next Generation

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Today’s guest blog comes from Guy Hansen, a retired Lilly scientist and coordinator of the Lilly Science Education Outreach program. For more information or to schedule a program, contact a "Chemistry Is a Blast" leader.

Over 20 years ago, a fellow Lilly scientist started the Lilly “Chemistry is a Blast!” (CIAB) program. He was passionate about kids experiencing hands-on science in classrooms in our home state of Indiana. I shared his passion for science education, so I happily took over the CIAB program when he retired 15 years ago. Here's a look at one of our recent shows:

“Chemistry is a Blast!” presentations are 50% science class and 50% "wow." During a 1-hour program, the “blasters” execute exciting chemistry experiments with proper safety precautions and educate on the scientific method as students observe and participate. We tailor the programs based on the ages of the kids (we offer programs for grades K-12) and the size of the audience. Since January 2015, over 9,000 students at 100 different Indiana schools have enjoyed the CIAB program. Lilly scientists provide the program free of charge to Indiana schools as a service to science education.

We currently have over 60 Lilly scientists volunteering as blasters. These volunteers are involved with the program because of their genuine love of science and community. All of the scientists I know were influenced as a child by a teacher, a science class, an outside convocation or a combination of these things. The CIAB program uses combustible balloons, chemical reactions and other cool experiments to educate and encourage a love of science in students.

At the beginning of a CIAB presentation, many of the kids believe that science is hard, boring and not a field they would pursue as a career. By the end, we ask the crowd “Who wants to be a scientist?” and every hand in the room goes up (including a fair number of the teachers' hands). In that moment, you know some of the young audience members have been inspired to pursue a possible career in science.

Contact a "Chemistry Is a Blast" leader for more information or to schedule a program. 

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Comments

Thank you for your interest in CIAB, James. The team will follow up with you via email. You can also visit lilly.com/chemistry-is-a-blast to learn more information about the program.
Can you please send me information on your Chemistry is a Blast program for elementary students. I couldn't find contact information on your website.
Hi Emily! Thank you for your interest in the CIAB program. We will follow up with you via email soon.
Please contact me with directions for inquiring about bringing you to my kids' school? Thank you!
Thanks for connecting on the Chemistry is a Blast program, Melissa. We will follow-up with you via email shortly.
Good morning Guy! We are back to school and enjoying our 3rd full day! I wanted to get our Outdoor Education dates out to you for this October. We are hoping that you are able to join us again for our FAVORITE class....."Chemistry is a Blast" on Oct. 6th starting 10-11 a.m. at Camp Allendale. Please let me know if this will work in your schedule! We LOVE having you share your knowledge with our students each year!!! God Bless! Melissa McSorley
Kate, Thank you for your interest and inquiry. We will email you with more information on the CIAB program.
Can you please direct me to the "Chemistry is a Blast" curriculum & activities link?
Thanks for your inquiry, Johny. We will contact you shortly with more information.
I am Johny Anderson with the Christamore House I was wanting to check your availability in July. The Christamore House is going to host a Science Fair at our summer camp this year and would love for Chemistry is a Blast to be a part of this event. Feel free to contact me to discuss the details. I look forward to talking with you.
Thanks for sharing your interest in the CIAB program, Elaine. We will email you more information shortly.
I am very interested in hosting a Chemistry is a Blast program. Can I please receive more information?
Hi Jean, thanks for your inquiry. We will email you more information on the CIAB program shortly.
Hi, I would love to find out more information about hosting your outreach program. MCCSC is hosting a Saturday science day for girls and would love to have Lilly as a part of our morning. Thank you! Jean
Hi Kayla, thank you for reaching out. We will send you an email with information about the CIAB program shortly.
I would love to schedule a program for my school's STEM night.
Donna, great to hear that you're interested in the CIAB program. We will provide you with additional information via email soon.
Hello, I am an 8th grade science teacher in Franklin, Indiana. I am interested in schedule Mr. Hansen to visit our building for Chemistry is a Blast presentation.
Hi Jeffrey, Thanks for sharing your interest in the CIAB program. We will email you soon with additional information on the program.
I am a science teacher at the Brown County Intermediate school and would to have the CIAB program visit our school. Please send me any information for signing up for this exciting presentation.
Hi Maureen, It's great to hear you're interested in the CIAB program! We will email you with additional information soon.
I have seen the Lilly CIAB program in person and would love to have one of the Lilly scientists come to Cathedral High School to do the program for our Science Club. Would you please send me the correct contact information? Thank you!
Thanks for sharing your interest in the CIAB program, Amy! We will send you an email at the address you provided with additional information soon.
We would love to have Chemistry is a Blast to our school. Could I get the contact information to make that happen, please?
Hi Laura, thank you for your interest in the Chemistry is a Blast program. We will email you soon with additional information.
What a great way to promote a love of Science. We would love to have Chemistry is a Blast come to our school in Carmel, Indiana. Could you please send me the information to sign-up?
Glen, great to hear that you're interested in our Chemistry is a Blast program. We will email you soon with additional information.
I would love to have a Chemistry is a Blast group come to our middle school in Brazil, Indiana and give a presentation this year. What do we need to do to have a show here? Would you please send me the necessary information to set up a show? Thank you for your help.
Thanks for sharing your interest in the Chemistry is a Blast program, Ms. Jackson! We will be in touch via email with additional information soon.
Hello! I am a retired teacher. I have experienced the "Chemistry Is A Blast" program in a presentation at my former school. The students loved the program! I have been trying to reach a contact person regarding the program and scheduling. I would appreciate someone contacting me about scheduling something for this month. Thank you. Sincerely, Ms. D Jackson
Hi Ranjana! Thanks for your interest in the Chemistry is a Blast program. We will send you an email with additional information soon.
Hi! I'm working with a group at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology that would like to have 'Chemistry is a Blast' come to one of their outreach programs for middle school students. Could you contact me about availability and scheduling? Thanks!
Thanks for your interest in the CIAB program, Terry! We will send you an email with additional information soon.
We'd like to have the Chemistry is a Blast team come to Center Grove Elem. in late April or May if there is availability. They have been here in past years---the students love the program! Thanks for any assistance you can provide. Terry West and the 5th gr. team
Thanks for your question, Tabitha. We will send you an email with information regarding the CIAB program soon!
While at a PTO meeting at my daughter's school last evening, the principle was talking about the "Chemistry Is A Blast" program. We would be excited for all the students at school to see this program. Would you happen to know who we could contact for more information on them coming to the school? Any information would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!