Chris Saunders appeared as a guest scientist on two of Idaho Public Television’s recent Science Trek webcasts. In the webcasts, he demonstrated fundamental chemistry topics such as the Law of Definite Proportions, the definition of an element and compounds, and the Law of Conservation of Mass. The demonstrations involved fan favorites such as fire, bubbling effervescence and color changes.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s mission is to promote student success through excellence in chemistry, and Saunders’s participation in Science Trek is a demonstration of that commitment. According to Idahoptv.org, Science Trek seeks to “introduce science topics to elementary-age schoolchildren; provide educational materials for teachers and parents; and inspire students to investigate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career potentials.”