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Let’s Do Chemistry Train-the-Trainer Online Workshop

ChemAttitudes, a collaborative project between the NISE Network and American Chemical Society, used a design-based research approach to develop a framework for learning and a kit of hands-on informal educational activities that can be used with public audiences to stimulate interest, a sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy (IRS) about chemistry. 

Workshop Overview

Using the framework developed through the ChemAttitudes project, the Let's Do Chemistry Train-the-Trainer Online Workshop shares what was learned about activity contentformat, and facilitation with members of the chemistry community who are in a position to train others in the techniques for making their own chemistry outreach activities better at stimulating interest, sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy.

Let's Do Chemistry Train-the-Trainer Online Workshop


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The online workshop utilizes the resources below and should be viewed in the below order.

Start here! Participant Packet: This document provides a short overview of what the workshop is and what you’ll be doing. Inside you’ll find information about the project, directions for participating in the workshop, research highlights, and activity worksheets. Please start by downloading the Participant Packet matching your workshop dates.


The Welcome Module provides you with a general overview of the ChemAttitudes project and the research framework we developed, which focuses on activity content, format, and facilitation methods to support participant interest, sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy with respect to chemistry. Your goal for Modules 2-4 is to learn about the framework strategy and consider how it could help make your hands-on activity stronger by supporting participants' interest, relevance, and self-efficacy around chemistry. 

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Module 2 focuses on the research framework strategies related to activity format.

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Module 3 focuses on the research framework strategies related to activity content.

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Module 4 focuses on the research framework strategies related to activity facilitation

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Module 5 focuses on building a future training for activity facilitators and/or other trainers. Your goal is to think through what you have learned during this workshop about applying the research framework (interest, relevance, and self-efficacy), and consider how you might use this knowledge to help others in their practice. Within this module, there are also some evaluation resources that may help you evaluate your own activities or trainings.

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Additional Workshop Resources

Below is a list of resources to help you with activity development, evaluation, event planning, and training for your chemistry outreach events. Resources created for the workshop can be incorporated into your own activity development or trainings. 

Let's Do Chemistry Workshop Participant Stories Video

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Let's Do Chemistry Train-the-Trainer Workshop Presentation Slides (PPT) and Module Videos

Evaluation Instruments

Additional resources from the NISE Network include a research-to-practice guide, event planning tools, and training support for the Let's Do Chemistry kit. Although designed fro the kit, these materials can be adapted for any chemistry outreach event. Other resources from ACS that can also support your outreach efforts are found below:

Let's Do Chemistry Professional Development Training Materials

Let's Do Chemistry Facilitator Training Materials

ACS Outreach Materials

About the Project


Funded by the National Science Foundation through the Museum of Science. 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1612482. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation.


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