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, Cambria, 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
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.
Code of Conduct for Volunteers
Science Outreach Programs
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