Outreach Program

Mission statement:

The Chemistry Outreach Program mission is to share the joy and wonder of chemistry with our community in a safe environment.


Dr. Alexsa Silva
asilva@binghamton.edu, 607-777-3829

Vincent Van Nostrand
Volunteer Coordinator
vvannost@binghamton.edu, 607-777-2480

Outreach Calendar

Activity Date Time Events Sign-Up Form
Campus Visit Dec   BAC Lab for Seton Students  
MacArthur School Visit Fri, Jan 31 8:30am - 11:00am Stations with demos/hands
on for 5th graders
Calvin Coolidge School Visit Fri, Feb 21 8:30am - 11:00am Stations with demos/hands
on for 5th graders
University Day at Oakdale Mall Sat, Feb 22 10:30am - 3:00pm Stations with demos/hands
on for 5th graders
You Be the Chemist Sat, Feb 22 TBD Middle school students compete in a Q&A challenge  
Science Fair at SUNY Broome Late Mar TBD Science Fair  
Horace Mann School Visit Thurs, Mar 19 8:30am - 11:00am Stations with demos/hands
on for 5th graders
Chemistry Olympiad Mar - Apr 8:00am Written and Lab Exams  
Woodrow Wilson Career Fair Early Apr 8:00am - 11:00am Table with demonstrations
to pique interest in STEM career
Chemists Celebrate Earth Week at SNB Fri, Apr 24 2:30pm - 4:00pm Illustrated Poem Contest  
CCEW Broome County Public Library Sat, Apr 25 10:00am- 2:00pm Stations with demos/hands-on activities  
Science CafĂ© (at Tech Works) Spring 5:00pm - 7:00pm TBD  
Campus Visit Early May Morning 15 minute activity for
groups of school children
Thomas Jefferson School Visit Thurs, May 7 8:30am - 11:00am Stations with demos/hands
on for 5th graders
Tioga Hills School Visit Fri, May 29 8:30am - 11:00am Stations with demos/hands
on for 2nd graders
Clayton Ave School Visit TBD TBD Stations with demos/hands
on for K-2
Volunteer Recognition Day TBD TBD    

Go Green Institute

The program is led by a dedicated group of Binghamton University faculty members and graduate students, as well as faculty from SUNY Broome and teachers from local school districts. The Go Green Institute brings together middle and high school students for an intensive 10-day, hands-on learning experience centered on the theme of a greener living environment. The institute helps students explore issues of science, math and engineering as they relate to creating a sustainable living environment. Activities include experiments in University research labs and field trips to the University's Nature Preserve and Center of Excellence. Participants develop their own research project on topics related to energy generation, storage and use.

Go Green Institute's goals are to give middle and high school students an opportunity to:

  • Explore the science and engineering of a sustainable living environment.
  • Learn about career opportunities in science, engineering and math.
  • Gain experience with advanced science concepts in preparation for the future.
  • Learn and have fun with science safely.

The program accomplishes these goals using a variety of resources that are available here at Binghamton University. View this video  to learn more about the program.

Chemistry Olympiad


Approximately 10,000 U.S. high school students enter local Chemistry Olympiad competitions vying for a chance to compete in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad.

ACS local sections conduct local competitions each March to select nominees for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad.

How to Participate

To register your school (teachers) or home-schooled student (parents), contact us at mbridge@binghamton.edu.

For more information about the competition visit the link below: