SMACS visit to Ánimo College Preparatory Academy

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On Friday, January 30, 2015, Professor Richard Kaner and the UCLA Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) visited Melida Lopez’s class at the Ánimo College Preparatory Academy. 

Located at the David Starr Jordan High School Education Complex in Watts, Los Angeles, the Academy is a turnaround school, an intensive intervention and leadership development initiative. During the visit, the ninth graders learned about materials such as carbon fiber, graphite, graphene, polymers, gold, silicon and thermoelectrics.  The event was organized by Carol Salame, who, as a UCLA undergraduate, began the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society.


Prof. Kaner demonstrates the selection of materials (top).
Prof. Kaner demonstrates light bulb technology (middle left).
Students experiment with thermoelectrics (middle right).
Polyurethane “milkshakes” created by the students (bottom left).
Ánimo students with the SMACS volunteers (bottom right).

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