Chemistry Discovery

Dear teachers, educators, and friends of Flandrau:

Due to increased concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in the interest of the health of our visitors, staff and community, Flandrau is temporarily closed until further notice.

All Field Trips and Discovery Programs are cancelled until we can reopen.

We will continue to work closely with the University of Arizona to coordinate our efforts and will plan to reopen to the public when the time is right. Please continue to check our website and look for announcements via email and social media for updates. We look forward to welcoming you back to Flandrau in the future.

Stay healthy!
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Chemistry Discovery is an outreach program with the goal of promoting and facilitating chemistry learning for middle-school students (grades 6-8). Our workshops are designed and conducted by University of Arizona students in collaboration with several faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Our students learn to apply the knowledge acquired in their chemistry classes in order to develop activities that prompt our visitors to discover chemical concepts in their daily experience and explore the chemical properties of common objects in the world around us.

The Chemistry Discovery workshops maintain an interactive and dynamic atmosphere in order to encourage students to ask questions, make observations and draw conclusions in activities that aim at recapitulating the experiences of scientists in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry. Our program promotes higher education by providing an opportunity for middle school students to discuss scientific observations while interacting with college students.

Workshop Stations

  • Solutions and Precipitates
  • Chemical Reactions
  • States of Matter 
  • Chemistry of Light

Program Details

Audience: 6th - 8th grade*

*1 Workshop Per School, Title I Middle Schools Only

Group Size: 10 - 30 students

Offered: Fall Semester, Wednesdays

Start Time: 11:15am

Duration: 1.25 hours


  • Students: Free
  • Teachers: Free
  • Chaperones: Up to 5 free chaperones; Additional chaperones $5.00 each


Optional Add-Ons

Science Center Exhibits:
$2.00 per person

Planetarium Show:
$3.00 per person


For more information about scheduling programs, please contact:
Noel Hensley

More Information about workshop content and activities:
Contact Prof. Deirdre Belle-Oudry and Brian Zacher
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

All Discovery Programs require a Request Form Submission; Please note that this is a request form only. Confirmation of your Discovery Workshop request is dependent on availability. Due to the high volume of discovery requests, it can take up to 2 weeks to confirm your Discovery Workshop.