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After School Chemistry Partnership Program

The Penn State Berks Chapter of the American Chemical Society is partnering with the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society (LVACS) for the LVACS Afterschool Chemistry Partnership Program! 

Not only do the students learn about chemistry careers, and summer research opportunities for high schoolers through the ACS Project SEED Program, but weekly activities also include free fun experiments, themed demonstrations, guest speakers, a movie watch party, book club, and more!
Here's what the students are saying about ASCPP: "I think that the ChemSTEM Club is really good and I enjoyed it a lot. I got to learn about new things and overall think about what I want to do with my future in STEM."  "Yes, I really like the program. I have learned a lot in that program and I have been very interested in science since I began to hear about the various things you can do as a scientist and as an inventor. They treat me well and they are all very kind, the classes are good and they give me a lot of inspiration to be able to be with my dream."
Liliana Arias, student support specialist for MEP in the Lehigh Valley, comments: "Thank you for giving our middle and high school migrant students such an awesome opportunity to be a part of the LV ACS after-school partnership program.  They are not only engaged in virtual and hands-on science activities and discussions but thinking about what to do now and in the future for their post-secondary goals."
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Press Release

PROGRAM CONTACT: Greglynn Gibbsgdw104@psu.edu, ASCPP Project Coordinator

Project SEED in the Lehigh Valley in 2021
LVACS had a pilot virtual SEED project and several online camp participants this year!

Congratulations to mentor Lorena Tribe, PSU/Berks for an awesome proposal and to Jeremy Heyman, LVACS SEED Coordinator, for guiding the application. The program supported two SEED students, working virtually over the summer. Six other students were accepted into the virtual camp program. Students were assigned to virtual cabins with 7-11 other Project SEED students. Each cabin was led by two Cabin Leaders, current college and graduate students in chemistry-related majors. Groups of 2-4 cabins made up a campsite, led by one of our Project SEED Coordinators and Mentors. The camp included a combination of interactive webinars, panels, discussions, and assignments that helped the students better understand research basics; exposed them to various areas of chemistry, potential chemistry-related careers, and chemistry-related research as well as developed their writing abilities, professionalism, and prepare them for either the college application process or first year of college. Program link and brochure.
The LVACS Executive Committee strongly supports Project SEED and encourages members to contribute to this important ACS strategic program. LVACS CONTACT: Jeremy Heyman, Northampton CC, jbheyman@gmail.com

DEIR Contacts

Greglynn Gibbs, Chair, Membership Committee, gdw104@psu.edu

Celia Williams, Chair, Committee on Minority Affairs, lvacscma@gmail.com

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