Mad Scientists' Workshop: Chemistry

  • March 16, 2019
  • April 06, 2019
  • 4 sessions
  • March 16, 2019, 10:30 AM 12:00 PM
  • March 23, 2019, 10:30 AM 12:00 PM
  • March 30, 2019, 10:30 AM 12:00 PM
  • April 06, 2019, 10:30 AM 12:00 PM
  • 18


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Mad Scientists' Workshops: Chemistry 

This is a series of weekly 90-minute workshops that allow students in grades K-8 to conduct their own hands-on experiments in different fields of science and engineering. Activities feature high-quality microscopes, fossils, chemistry supplies, minerals, electronics, planetary globes, ancient artifacts, optical components, and other supplies. No prior knowledge is required.

Mar 16: Color Chemistry

Mar 23: Luminescent Chemistry

Mar 30: Thermal Chemistry

Apr 6: Polymer Chemistry

When: Saturdays 10:30 pm - Noon
Instructor: Dr. Todd H. Rider (

For more details, see Syllabus here.

Drop-Off "Chaperones"

In order to ensure safety, we require that at least one additional adult remain on site when this program is in session. We will need parents to take turns in this role, which will entail: allowing us to run a CORI check, helping with any emergency situation that may arise, and remaining on site until all children and teens have been picked up. Please plan to sign up for one or two weeks as the designated "chaperone."

About the Instructor

Dr. Todd H. Rider received his Ph.D. from MIT, and his research has been featured in magazines ranging from Science to Time and on TV programs from NBC’s Nightly News to BBC’s Horizon. In biology research, he invented and developed the CANARY sensor, which uses genetically engineered white blood cells to rapidly identify bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Dr. Rider also invented the DRACO broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutics and demonstrated that they are safe and effective against 18 different viruses in cells and 4 viruses in mice. In physics research, he discovered fundamental physical limitations on nuclear fusion reactors, analyzed antimatter rocket engines, and demonstrated methods to combine numerous laser beams to form more powerful laser beams. He created the K-12 Science on Saturday program at MIT and has over 25 years of experience teaching biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, engineering, and archaeology courses to students at all levels. He is currently working on his plan for world domination.

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