Beyond Benign

Lead Teacher

Jim Burdick

HC Williams High School
Canton, NY
Years teaching: 6


Burdick, Jim

How did you connect with Beyond Benign?

I first heard about Beyond Benign from a local chemistry professor who convinced me to seek them out at BCCE 2018 at Notre Dame. I went to a few Green Chemistry sessions and was hooked.


What first drew you into teaching and science education?

I decided in high school that I wanted to be a science teacher because of a love for the outdoors and helping others. I was inspired by people like my science teachers and summer camp counselors. Ironically, my parents were both teachers and I said I never wanted to be one, but here I am!


What excites you most about teaching green chemistry?

Green Chemistry gives me the ability to give a context for my content that is relevant to my rural students since they are usually already environmentally conscious. Iā€™m also able to use Green Chem to show my students that chemists are inventors, problem-solvers, and molecular engineers. Side effects of Green Chem include, but are not limited to: my lab becoming inherently safer, my students enjoying chemistry more, and saving time on disposal considerations.


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