The Department of Physical Sciences believes that community engagement is an important part of a professional scientist’s training. That’s why we offer many opportunities to connect and share our knowledge and love of science with the greater community.
- Senior Seminar (CHE 490) - This course equips our graduating seniors with the skills they need to succeed as a scientist, including technical communication of scientific results. Students are also encouraged to ask the questions: What is a scientist’s role and responsibility within society? Is the general public scientifically literate, and trusting of science? Why or why not? How should scientists communicate scientific concepts to non-scientists? These questions are addressed through a service-learning project partnering with a local school or community group to provide hands-on experiments and discuss scientific concepts.
- Instrumental Analysis (CHE 421) - Hone your research skills and impact your community by launching your own service-learning or research project during this analysis-driven course. Past projects include analyses of community garden soil contaminations, conducted in partnership with Miami’s Urban GreenWorks.
Community Outreach and Campus Involvement
- Chemistry and Physics Tournament - Each year we partner with science teachers from high schools in surrounding counties for this day-long event. Teams of high school students visit the Barry campus to compete in laboratory, oral, and written challenges in chemistry or physics. Teams score points in each competition, and prizes are given for the top scorers and overall winners. Barry students get involved by helping to design the lab competition, volunteering at other events, and hosting the awards ceremony.
- Chemistry Club - This student-led organization is a chapter of the American Chemical Society, and provides social and professional development events for members. Members also provide outreach to the community with Chemistry Magic Shows, which are presented to third graders at nearby elementary schools. Additionally, during National Chemistry Week each year, Barry students and faculty participate in the South Florida ACS’s NCW Science Day at local venues and host chemistry demos and hands-on activities for families. The Club partners with other student organizations at Barry to participate in the MLK Day of Service, Barry’s Earth Day and Miami Shores Green Day Festival.
- COACH - The goal of the COACH (Community Outreach Approaching Chemistry Hands-on) program is to foster a love of science and curiosity in students at schools in the area by allowing them to experience hands-on activities and demonstrations led by Barry University students. Community groups either visit our labs on campus for the day or we pack up experiments to bring to them. Barry students are guided to design, prepare, test, and present these experiments to the younger students.
High school students compete in the lab competition of the 2015 Chemistry and Physics Tournament.
Chemistry Club members reveal “invisible ink” messages as part of an elementary school magic show.
A Barry student helps Girl Scouts to make a glow-in-the-dark polymer.