Professor Young organizes and leads a team of Lehigh graduate students who travel to a local daycare to carry out chemistry demonstrations designed to generate interest in science for 3-5 year old students. Each visit has a theme from STEM, such as density, mixing and un-mixing colors (chromatography), light, phases of matter, magnets, and more!
Professor Young works with the YWCA of Bethlehem in their TechGYRLS program. The TechGYRLS program is a a fun, hands-on, girl-centered after-school program that aims to introduce elementary school girls to a wide variety of STEM topics. TechGYRLS help local girls develop STEM skills and encourage girls to pursue their STEM interests. Classes are held in Bethlehem Area School District elementary schools.
Professor Young is working to develop a robust experiential photochemistry module to teach the students about the excitement of using the Sun to power chemical reactions!
Professor Young has signed on to the leadership team of the Chemistry Women Mentorship Network (Chem WMN).
Chem WMN seeks to create a network of women in academic chemistry to provide support, encouragement and mentorship for young women considering careers in academia.
Professor Young has developed a fun, challenging, and age appropriate experimental protocol for Science Buddies based on her post-doctoral research involving the cobalt-based water oxidation catalyst. Science Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to reaching out to middle school and high school students to generate excitement about cutting-edge science. Science Buddies provides students with free science fair project ideas and project guides, answers to challenging science questions and tools to help students succeed in science. It is reasonable to expect that the new Project Idea will be used by several thousand students within just a few months of publication.
Project Title: Water to Fuel to Water: The Fuel Cycle of the Future
Dr. Young mentored Tyrslai Williams (Southern University) on independent research projects at MIT during the Summer of 2010 pertaining to the NSF ACC-F funded research that focused on integration of a water oxidation catalyst with thin film metal electrodes (Summer 2010)
Dr Young served as a mentor for a high school student, Ruby Lee, in performing experiments associated with her participation in the CATALYST program. CATALYST operates as part of the American Psychological Association’s Center for Gifted Education and receives funding from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The project involved design and construction of dye-sensitized solar cells for incorporation into a fuel cell (AY 2007-2008).