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Capturing Early Eager Learners with Chemistry Comics

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UArizona professor changes the narrative about chemistry through comic books

One University of Arizona instructor hopes to change the narrative when it comes to chemistry through comic books.

“I want people to be like, wow, you know, I had so much fun learning chemistry and even though I didn’t become a chemist, I get it, and it’s such a cool discipline,” said Dr. Colleen Kelley, a chemistry instructor and laboratory manager at UArizona.

In seventh grade, Kelley became interested in chemistry. She has now been teaching the subject for over 25 years.

During this time, she came up with a creative way to engage her students.

Through the use of imagination, Dr. Kelley created a comic book world where molecules are not formulas, but instead heavy metal bands, and chemical elements are superheroes.

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