Program Description

Chain Reaction was developed to support teachers through informative, hands-on science training, as well as through supplemental materials for use in the classroom. This Teacher Professional Training Development (TPD) program covers standard I of the fifth-grade science core—matter, physical changes, and chemical reactions.

Chain Reaction is funded by the Utah State Legislature with oversight by the Utah State Office of Education through the Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE) grant. Discovery Gateway is committed to providing innovative, educational science experiences and matches the funds provided by the iSEE grant.

Discovery Gateway’s mission is to inspire children of all ages to imagine, discover, and connect with their world to make a difference. Through Chain Reaction, we bring our mission to the classroom by empowering teachers and students to embrace and explore science education.

Workshop Break Down

Chain Reaction is free for public school teachers. It is a three-hour long workshop and is typically scheduled on Friday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm. Workshops are held at Discovery Gateway children’s museum in downtown Salt Lake City, or at a location designated by a school district. During the workshop, teachers will observe numerous science demonstrations and will also conduct their own experiments. Chain Reaction workshops also provide a forum for teachers to discuss their successes and struggles teaching the science core curriculum. Refreshments will be provided.

Upon completing the workshop, teachers receive a curriculum binder that includes lab worksheets and lesson plans, resources, and four points toward renewing their educator’s license. Teachers will also receive a Chain Reaction kit valued at over $250 for use in the classroom.

Kit Break Down

Each Chain Reaction Kit comes equipped with everything you need for a successful day of science education. Each experiment comes in pre-packaged and measured containers. Experiments are designed as demonstrations for an entire class or as lab sessions to be facilitated in small groups. All lesson plans, instructions, and safety material can be found in your Chain Reaction Binder.

Contents of the Kit:

  • The Chain Reaction Binder
  • Eight Pre-Packaged Labs
  • Chemical Reactions All Bagged Up
  • Mini Lava lamp
  • Magic Water Crystals
  • Safety Goggles
  • Safety Gloves
  • Oxidation Overdrive
  • Elephant Toothpaste
  • Ivory Soap Soufflé
  • Puzzling Peanuts
  • Six Cafeteria Trays
  • Reaction Time Lab Extended
  • Digital Scale
  • Shrink 'a' Drink
  • Oxidizing Abe
  • Sinking Drink
  • Seven Pre-Packaged Demonstrations
  • Fire in the Hole
  • Foam Gnome
  • Gold Rush

*Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum requires 48 hours notice for cancellations. Supplies and lunch are ordered for Chain Reactions workshop based of registered attendees. In the event of a cancellation less than 48 hours before the start of a Chain Reaction workshop all parties registered will be held accountable to find an alternative date to attend the workshop.

Event Details

Date ScheduledTimeLocationDistrict ContactPhone Number# of Teachers
Fri 01/31 2 pm - 5 pm All Districts: Discovery Gateway - 444 West 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 Lauren Fletcher (801) 456-5437 ext.137 30
Fri 02/28 2 pm - 5 pm All Districts: Discovery Gateway - 444 West 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 Lauren Fletcher (801) 456-5437 ext.137 30
Fri 3/28 2 pm - 5 pm All Districts: Discovery Gateway - 444 West 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 Lauren Fletcher (801) 456-5437 ext.137 30
Fri 4/25 2 pm - 5 pm All Districts: Discovery Gateway - 444 West 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 Lauren Fletcher (801) 456-5437 ext.137 30

*If the event is held at Discovery Gateway, we will provide a parking validation. The Winter lot at The Gateway is the closest to our facility. Discovery Gateway is located in downtown Salt Lake in The Gateway and is accessible by TRAX. Lunch or refreshments will be provided depending on the scheduled time of day. Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can start on time.

*Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum requires 48 hours notice for cancellations. Supplies and lunch are ordered for Chain Reactions workshop based of registered attendees. In the event of a cancellation less than 48 hours before the start of a Chain Reaction workshop all parties registered will be held accountable to find an alternative date to attend the workshop.

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