Chemistry in Creation: Exploring STEM through Soap and Candle Crafting

Chemistry in Creation: Exploring STEM through Soap and Candle Crafting

Date(s) & Location(s):
June 23 - 28, 2024 in Durham, NC
Grades Eligible:
Rising  7th 8th 9th
Course Description:

Through a STEM-infused approach, students will delve into the chemistry behind the art, experimenting with diverse soap bases such as shea, olive oil, and glycerin. Explore a spectrum of additives, from vibrant colors to dried plants, and master the art of infusing scents with essential oils. While candle making, we will investigate various waxes, play with an array of colors, and experiment with fragrances to create personalized candles. 

Uncover the nuances of molding and finishing techniques, leaving the course with a collection of uniquely crafted soap bars and candles. Join us for an immersive experience where STEM and creativity converge to bring chemistry to life in the world of artisanal soap and candle making.

Dr. Carrie Jones
About The Instructor:

Dr. Jones has been a North Carolina public school teacher for 24 years, at the middle and high school level, as well as at the college level as an Adjunct professor.  She has 5 college degrees (Ohio State University-2; NC State University; University of Cincinnati; and Clemson University) in Science/Education-related fields.  She is National Board Certified and is currently working on a graduate certificate in Academically Gifted students through UNC-Charlotte.  Dr.Jones’ interests are in engaging students in STEM through creative arts, such as baking, crafting, soap-making, and jewelry.  She teaches jewelry classes at NC State University, as well as writes grants for her own classroom to engage students in hands-on learning.