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July 12-August 6

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Student holds a polymer slime in the Polymer Chemistry one-week science program

Materials Science is a new exciting field that encompasses polymer chemistry and plastics engineering of materials to synthesize and to create custom or brand new materials with specific products for specific uses. Materials scientists make products, coatings, superconductive materials, fuel cells, and integrated circuit chips. Particularly exciting are medical applications: scientists are designing materials that interface with human tissue for medical device implants and prosthetic limbs, and even adhesives that can be used as glue for eye injuries. Receive materials right to your home to create your own polymers!

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Marilyn Weiss

Marilyn earned her MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the top Materials Chemistry program in the country. While in grad school, Marilyn taught Analytical Chemistry and General Chemistry, and she also won the “Commended Teacher and Laboratory Instructor” award. Since graduating, Marilyn has taught AP Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and General Chemistry at top-performing high schools. Each year, her students earn a 4.5/5 average on their AP tests and consistently score between 760-800 on the SAT II.

Student Comments

“The program was interesting because I learned about materials in detail I would not learn in school. It exposed me to what working in a scientific field might be like. The teacher helped keep the group on task but wasn’t too strict.”
“It was an amazing experience and very fun and influential. I learned a lot and am very glad I did this. The teacher is an amazing intellectual person that was great to learn from.”
“I enjoyed the program and the activities we did, like mixing slimes and other polymers.”
“We learned about different types of polymers which are macromolecules made up of chains of monomers and how they are individually created and what individual properties they have. I personally like the experiments that the teacher provides for us, in which we create different polymers through chemical reactions.”
“I liked the program because I was a huge fan of chemistry so I had a lot of fun. We did a lot of cool polymer experiments. My teacher was very nice and helped us when we needed help.”

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