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‘Boom! Fizzz! Ker-POW!’ – University Of Arizona Instructor’s Comics Aim To Turn Chemistry Into Adventure

Friday, March 25 2022Richard D. Hunt/Daniel Stolte

Imagine a world where chemical elements aren’t cryptic acronyms but charismatic superheroes; where molecules aren’t formulas but heavy metal bands; and where chemical reactions play out in suspenseful story plots rather than a bunch of abstract symbols and lifeless numbers. Welcome to the world of Colleen Kelley, a chemistry instructor at the University of Arizona. 

Crediting herself with a “wild imagination,” Kelley has teamed up with a graphic artist to turn otherwise drab concepts into exciting learning experiences via chemistry comic books. Her goal: Change chemistry education to engage eager learners between the ages of 8 and 12.  Read More

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