USAFA K-12 STEM Outreach Program

      K-12 STEM Outreach Program      

The United States Air Force Academy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Outreach Program’s mission is to offer a variety of programs and services that effectively engage, inspire, and attract the next generation of STEM talent.

If you have questions about this program and/or would like to receive electronic newsletters from this program, feel free to contact

Sandy Lamb, STEM Outreach Coordinator

719. 333. 8990               Sandra. Lamb. ctr@usafa. edu

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To learn more about the USAFA K-12 STEM Outreach Program check out their web-site at USAFA K-12 STEM Outreach

and/or check out these links below:

Links to current and former USAFA STEM Outreach Brochure and Newsletters

Information and application for tours at USAFA

USAFA K-12 STEM Outreach – Tour Request Form

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Check Out these resources from the USAFA Chemistry Department:

Kits / Items – Each kit has enough materials (including consumables) for classroom use.

Contact Dr. Ron Furstenau (Ronald.Furstenau@usafa.edu) or Sandy Lamb (Sandra.Lamb.Ctr@usafa.edu) to check out these materials.

  • Electrical Circuits
  • Bungee Barbie
  • Chemical Reactions:  What is this Powder?
  • Controlling a Chemical Reaction
  • Chemical Reaction Mania
  • Alka Seltzer Rockets
  • Popsicle Stick Bridges
  • Spuds in Space (making a spacesuit for a potato)
  • Kits with element samples
  • Element information flash cards
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (good for AP chem and forensics classes – see below for more information.)
  • Liquid nitrogen Dewar flask filled with liquid nitrogen, including face shield and cryogloves for handling.

In addition to the kits, Dr. Furstenau has presentations and hands-on workshops that he takes to schools, including…  [Please e-mail him directly at Ronald.Furstenau@usafa.edu.] 

  • Chemistry Magic Show (presentation)
  • Chemistry of Rockets (presentation)
  • Chemistry of Smells (presentation)
  • Mixtures and Solutions (presentation)
  • Fun with Dry Ice (hands-on workshop)
  • Polymers (hands-on workshop)
  • Chemistry of Food (hands-on workshop)

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) 

Attention AP Chemistry, Forensic Science, and other interested teachers: Expose your students to very modern chemical instrumentation and let them use it. The FTIR is an instrument that is used to obtain an infrared spectrum from the absorption or emission of a solid or liquid.  This instrument can be found in some crime scene labs to analyze the chemical make-up of unknown solids and liquids.  It can also be used to analysis the chemical make-up of unknown fibers.  Very easy to use.  See Ron’s letter (FTIR) for more information.

Interested Teachers – Please email: Ronald.Furstenau@usafa.edu and provide the following information:

  • Teacher’s Name
  • Name of school
  • Full Address of school
  • Teacher’s email
  • Teacher’s cell phone
  • Name and grade level of class(es) where the FTIR would be used and number of sections
  • Number of students
  • Time frame (Starting Date and for how long)