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Community outreachAt CEBC, we reach out to the surrounding community to expose high school teachers to research,  inspire children to pursue careers in science and engineering, and educate the public about green technologies for chemicals and fuels. 

One program in particular is empowering Kansas teachers to learn first hand about research and expand their curricula.  Our Research Experiences for Teachers program brings Kansas high school science teachers to Lawrence for six weeks to work with KU Faculty and develop lesson plans on topics such as biofuels, renewable chemicals, and nanomaterials.  The program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, was launched in 2009.  The grant was renewed till 2016 with a second $500,000 award in 2013.  As the number of teacher participants grows (>20 to date), the program amplifies its impact each year through enhanced curricula in Kansas and beyond.

CEBC also hosts hands-on activities twice a year at several campus events, including KU's award-winning Carnival of Chemistry and Engineering Expo.  By leading engaging activities about such topics as renewable materials and greenhouse gas emissions, we inspire hundreds of children each year to consider science and engineering as potential careers.


CEBC Calendar

December 5, Saturday - Baker Wetlands Walk
11 a.m. - noon
Wear masks. We'll meet at the parking lot by the Discovery Center ("P1" on this map, 1365 North 1250 Road, Lawrence). The weather forecast shows a beautiful, crisp day!

December 9, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Topic: Holiday Hazards
This meeting is mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

December 9, Wednesday - (Virtual) Holiday Get-Together
~ 9:30-10:30 a.m., via Zoom
We can’t get together to share good food this year, but we can still share good fun! Stick around after the Safety Meeting for great conversation and a few more surprises, as we get together with CEBC friends, new and old. You won’t want to miss this “mandatory” good time! (Don’t forget your snacks)

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