Who Is Chemical Kim?
Chemical Kim is a charismatic motivational science education speaker advocating for science. Her focus in teaching science has always been to motivate students to investigate their world through experimentation.
With her science outreach she brings science education to the community through science presentations and programs. She also takes her science outreach to local television stations. Her television features started with "The Chemical Kim Science Show" on Public Media Network in Kalamazoo Michigan in which she received a Philo T Farnsworth Award and a PMN Spirit Award in 2008. From 2008-2017 she was the resident scientist on the ABC affiliate station WZZM 13 with news segments and a biweekly science segment on the morning show, My West Michigan. Chemical Kim has been featured on ABC7 in Fort Myers, Florida with an open invitation to bring science to the ABC7 morning show.
Chemical Kim's science segments present a blend of smart and entertaining science concepts which include hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Every segment features teaching a show host how to do science activities. These science segments provided kids with fun activities and the confidence to investigate science at home or in school.
Chemical Kim's science programs in the community are mostly volunteer and involve hands on activities to motivate kids to investigate their world. She brings science to schools, libraries, foster care programs, Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and Children's Hospitals. At the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan she developed a "Science Friday" class for kids to actively participate at the hospital school.
Chemical Kim is also a Chemistry Professor at Florida SouthWestern State College where she works on improvements in chemical education, technology in science education, and inclusion in science education. She is the recipient of an ARC Grant on developing science curriculum that includes science achievements from Central and South America. She has successfully authored technology grants for improvements in chemistry laboratories and bring mobile technology into the classroom with a classroom purchase of iPads. She continue to lead workshops and presentations on technology at colleges, schools, and conferences.
Chemical Kim holds a Bachelor of Science and a Secondary Education Certification from Michigan Technological University, where she was a featured alumni in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences in 2018. She holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from Central Michigan University where she was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
Chemical Kim has over 20 years teaching experience in both community colleges and high school with also coaching cross country and track. In 2011 she was the LGBTQ Pride co-chair in Kalamazoo, Michigan and continues to work in improving LGBTQ visibility in STEM education. She's a feature on 500 Queer Scientists.
Chemical Kim lives in Naples, Florida with her beautiful and supporting wife and four children enjoying water sports, bike riding, photography, and Harry Potter cosplay.