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Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (R.O.C.K) is a volunteer organization founded in 1995 by Dr. Edward P. Zovinka, Professor of Chemistry at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA and the American Chemical Society-Student Affiliates (Chemistry Club).
The R.O.C.K. program provides local schools and youth organizations with the opportunity to experience chemistry in real life situations. The purpose is to demonstrate to the local K-12 students that science (especially chemistry) is important in everyone's life and can be exciting and interesting. R.O.C.K. also provides students with the chance to experience and participate with the available equipment provided by the R.O.C.K. program, all free of charge.
R.O.C.K. performs hands-on chemistry experiments and activities using mainly household products to show the importance of chemistry in day to day living. We focus on classroom visits (not stage presentations) in the 5 county area around SFU (Bedford, Blair, Cambira, Clearfield, and Somerset). R.O.C.K. also looks at the role that chemistry will have in the future as well as how it will benefit our society.
If you would like to schedule a visit, please fill out the Visitation Request Form.
Tell us how we are doing, please complete the Teacher Evaluation Form after our visit.
The R.O.C.K. program provides an opportunity for chemistry and non-chemistry majors to participate in community service by taking chemistry to students in local K-12 schools. SFU students participating in R.O.C.K. events will meet in the designated area (usually the Science Outreach Classroom, Science Center 219, or lounge area in front of the classroom) and will ride together to the event in the R.O.C.K. van.
A sign up sheet for each event will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Science Center #219 as they become available. Get notifications of new events by liking R.O.C.K.'s Facebook page. Do not wait until the end of the semester to register for an event. Events occasionally get canceled and there is no guarantee that there will be enough events at the end of the semester to accommodate everyone.
Mark the date and time on your calendar. It is your responsibility to arrive on time the day of the event. Events run smoothly only if there are enough SFU students to help support the event. Report to the designated meeting area (usually the Science Outreach Classroom, Science Center 219, or lounge area in front of the classroom) 5-10 minutes prior to the departure time. Dress appropriately. Refer to the Code of Conduct.
Saint Francis University117 Evergreen DriveP.O. Box 600Loretto, PA 15940