Curriculum

The program’s curriculum focuses on organic chemistry and biochemistry, but is expanding to math and other scientific fields. About 200 hours of programming is currently available.

INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY COURSE OUTLINE

Programs typically begin with the following learning sequence.

  • Day 1

Hands-on introduction to the elements
Using the periodic table to predict and draw electron orbital configuration
Predicting the single-bonding patters of elements and learning chemical nomenclature
Building simple molecular models with model kits

  • Day 2

Using the periodic table to predict common charges of elements
Understanding and drawing double- and triple-bonds
Predicting structure/function relationships based on molecular composition and architecture
Building complex molecular models with model kits

  • Day 3

Water as the solvent of life and hydrogen bonding networks
Understanding acids and bases and their charges using molecular models
Introduction to the 20 amino acids

  • Day 4

The peptide bond and drawing simple peptides
Rendering proteins using molecular modeling programs
Understanding hydrogen bonding’s role in protein folding and DNA base pairing

ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY CURRICULUM

Students who continue with the program past the introductory 4 classes can begin to explore more advanced topics in chemistry and biochemistry, depending on class interest and the emphasis of the course.

Advanced curricula for future courses include:
DNA, RNA, and genetics
Lipids and membranes
Enzymes
Carbohydrates
Chemistry of the senses: flavors, spices, dyes, and color
Chemistry of the senses II: vision, hearing, and touch
Organic chemistry reactions and mechanisms
Inorganic chemistry and metals

Words cannot begin to express my 4th grade daughter’s excitement, and my satisfaction and gratitude for the work of Dr. Fried and his program. I wanted her to be challenged, stretched, and exposed to material that was beyond her grade level. [At first] we didn’t really know what to expect but after the very first session, I realized that this program was a true gem! Not only was my daughter able to comprehend the advanced subject matter, she was also able to come back to her class and share what she had learned. Her teacher was thoroughly impressed with what she has been learning. My daughter is normally shy, especially in groups... but I have witnessed her display so much confidence in herself and her ability to comprehend the subject matter. This program has definitely opened her appetite to learn more about science and technology at a more advanced level.
— Lakesha L.

SELECTED PAST TEACHING PROJECTS

Some of our completed teaching programs are marked and listed below. We have done a total of 16 biochemistry programs in schools and universities across New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. The duration of each program is color coded. An estimated 600 students have participated in long and short format courses over the last four years.

  • Sullivan Elementary, Jersey CitySchools – Yes We Chem! Day program for 70 elementary students.
  • Westfield Public Schools, NJ – More After School science enrichment program
  • JEC, Elizabeth NJ – After school elementary chemistry class
  • Cranford Public Schools, NJ – After school elementary biochemistry program 
  • Union Community College – Summer youth art science and nature course
  • Glen Rock Public Schools, NJ – High school chemistry enrichment
  • Kean University  After school elementary biochemistry program
  • Winston School – Biochemistry for students with learning disabilities
  • Kean University – Upward Bound high school summer program
  • Plainfield Public Schools, NJ – College chemistry for middle school
  • New Haven Public Schools, CT– Middle school history of science classes
  • Yale University Peabody Museum Advanced science weekend classes
  • Yale University Peabody Museum Realistic drawing for elementary students