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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 2024 REACT workshop will take place on Friday, July 12 (virtual) and Friday, July 19 (in person).


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

Previous events

  • Samiha Azgar

Virtual day of REACT 2023 (August 10, 2023) @ Zoom
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 2024

Colby Gekko (CCB)
Rachael Skye (MSE)
Jena Shields (AEP)
Lyn Zemberekci (CEE)
Hongjin Du (MSE)
Reum Scott (MSE)
Katherine Wang (MSE)

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

Sponsors – Cornell REACT 2023

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