Science Leadership Academy students debate during the opening round of Conflicts in Chemistry: The Case of Plastics. Photo by Conrad Erb, courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Palisades High School students during their second round debate. Photo by Conrad Erb, courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Regulators discuss arguments and prepare questions during the debate at SLA. Photo by Conrad Erb, courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Founded in 1982 as the Center for the History of Chemistry, the Chemical Heritage Foundation fosters an understanding of chemistry's impact on society. Its programs include a museum and library, a center for historical research, and a Center for Contemporary History and Policy, which offers historically grounded perspectives on issues related to the molecular sciences and technologies. A 2012 Center Grant allowed the foundation to pilot Conflicts in Chemistry, a participatory program for high school students that generates discussion and thinking about the history of science and technology as it relates to contemporary life.