If so, sign up to ICIQ’s 2015 Crazy about Chemistry course.
ICIQ is currently training 21 high-school students that were (and totally are) crazy about chemistry. Irene (IES La Salle, Tarragona), Marina (IES Josep Tapiró, Reus), Raimon (IES Jaume Callís, Sant Julià de Vilatorta), Júlia (INS Manuel de Pedrolo, Tàrrega) and Josep (INS Joan Puig i Ferrater, La Selva del Camp) fit in this category. They were selected to participate in the first edition of this course sponsored by Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation which ends on December.
This is a year-long chemistry course to make sure students don’t recover from their craziness.“It’s a unique opportunity to learn chemistry in a different way than we are used to,” says Irene. “We’ve seen a new world we barely knew and we’ve lived experiences you don’t learn in books”, adds Marina.
Throughout the course ICIQ researchers and technicians share their knowledge and their respective career’s experiences with students. The ICIQ staff sheds lights and support for the theoretical and practical classes conducted by Dr. Laia Pellejà, ICIQ’s science outreach officer. “It’s chemistry from first hand. You get to know the real chemistry,” says Raimon. “You don’t only meet researchers but also fantastic classmates. It has helped me to decide my career,” adds Júlia.
“And let’s not forget the fun experiments we perform in the laboratory… like toothpaste for elephants!” points out Josep.