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Research Education and Activities for Community Teachers

The REACT (Research and Education Activities for Community Teachers) program connects K-12 educators to current research at Cornell University. Led by graduate students, this two-day workshop includes presentations on research and the path to higher education, lab tours, and demonstrations. The goal of REACT is to show teachers how cutting-edge research is performed today, equip them with activities that can help them bring that research back to the community and their students, and foster relationships between educators and graduate students. REACT was started at University of Michigan in 2017, and has grown tremendously since. Our team visited the University of Michigan workshop in 2019 and started a Cornell branch of the program in 2020 to bring REACT to educators in New York.

REACT 2023 organizers, presenters, and attendees (August 10, 2023) on Zoom

The 2023 REACT workshop took place on August 10 (virtual) and August 11 (in person):

  • Samiha Azgar

Virtual day of REACT 2023 (August 10, 2023) @ Zoom


Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer or to ask about attending this event in the future:


Virtual day (August 10, 2023) @ Zoom:

9:30 AM – 9:35 AM: Welcoming Remarks
Rachael Skye

9:35 AM – 10:35 AM: Life Sciences

moderator: Colby Gekko

  • 9:35–9:50 AM Talk: Samiha Azgar, “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Across the Reproductive Lifespan”
  • 9:50–10:05 AM Lab tour: Jack Crowley, Claudia Fischbach Lab & Warren Zipfel Lab
  • 10:05–10:50 AM Activity: Quinton Wright & Tomisin Sodeinde, “Bone Remodeling Visualized with JENGA” (middle school) and Abigail Landers, “Inquiry-based Exploration of the Microbial World” (high school)

(10:50 AM – 11:05 AM: Break)

11:05 AM – 12:20 PM: Physical Sciences

moderator: Vaibhav Sharma

(12:20 PM – 1:20 PM: Break)

1:20 PM – 2:35 PM: Earth & Space Sciences

moderator: Abigail Nason

(2:35 PM – 2:50 PM: Break)

2:50 PM – 3:40 PM: Applications of Science

moderator: Rachael Skye

  • 2:50–3:05 PM Talk: Avi Shragai, “Sound Waves in Superconductors”
  • 3:05–3:20 PM Talk: Qi Tang, “Utilizing Kinetic Energy: Making Metal Productions akin to Cooking Mochi”
  • 3:20–3:40 PM Panel discussion: “How I Got to College & Grad School”

In-person day (August 11, 2023) @ Cornell University:


  • 10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Welcoming Remarks: Rachael Skye @ Olin Hall 128
  • 10:10 AM – 10:20 AM Talk: Maya Martirossyan & Sam Bright-Thonney, “The Path to STEM” @ Olin Hall 128
  • 10:20 AM – 10:40 AM Demonstration: Sam Bright-Thonney, “How to build a Digital to Analog Converter” @ Olin Hall 128
  • 10:40 AM – 11:25 AM Activities (Life Sciences) @ Olin Hall 128
    • Katerina Roth, “Food Chemistry and Emulsions” (middle school)
    • materials: presentation slides
    • Cole Roland, “A Bug’s Life and the Neurobiology Behind It” (high school)
    • materials: worksheet
  • 11:25 AM – 12:10 PM Activities (Physical Sciences) @ Olin Hall 128

12:10 PM – 1:10 PM: Lunch break & CNF Virtual Reality Tour @ Upson Hall 106


  • 1:10 PM – 1:40 PM Lab Tour: Lyn Zemberekci, Bovay Lab @ Thurston Hall
  • 1:40 PM – 2:10 PM Lab Tour: Teresa Porri, Biotechnology Resource Center Imaging Facility @ Weill Hall
  • 2:10 PM – 2:40 PM Lab Tour: Jesse Hsu, Brett Fors Lab @ Physical Sciences Building
  • 2:40 PM – 3:00 PM (transit)
  • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Facility Tour: CHESS
  • 4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Closing Remarks @ Olin Hall 128

Previous events

Research Education and Activities for Community Teachers (REACT): REACT is a free online science workshop for educators in New York. The event consists of research-focused talks, lab tours, and fun at-home experimental or computational activities in the topics of physics, chemistry, engineering, and materials science.

Organizing team – Cornell REACT 2023

Rachael Skye (MSE)
Abigail Nason (MSE)
Bilal Azhar (MSE)
Colby Gekko (CCB)
Jena Shields (AEP)
Vaibhav Sharma (Phys)

(MSE = Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
CCB = Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology,
AEP = School of Applied and Engineering Physics,
Phys = Department of Physics)

Sponsors – Cornell REACT 2023

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