Chain Reaction


Empowering Teachers & Students to Explore Science Education

Chain Reaction was developed to support teachers through informative, hands-on science training, as well as through supplemental materials for use in the classroom.

This Teacher Professional Training Development (TPD) program covers standard I of the fifth-grade science core—matter, physical changes, and chemical reactions. Chain Reaction is funded by the Utah State Legislature with oversight by the Utah State Board of Education through the Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE) grant. Discovery Gateway is committed to providing innovative, educational science experiences and matches the funds provided by the iSEE grant. Discovery Gateway’s mission is to inspire children of all ages and abilities to imagine, discover, and connect with their world to make a difference. Through Chain Reaction, we bring our mission to the classroom by empowering teachers and students to embrace and explore science education.

Workshop Breakdown

Chain Reaction is free for public school teachers. It is a three-hour long workshop held at Discovery Gateway children’s museum in downtown Salt Lake City, or at a location designated by a school district. During the workshop, teachers will observe numerous science demonstrations and will also conduct their own experiments. Chain Reaction workshops also provide a forum for teachers to discuss their successes and struggles teaching the science core curriculum. Upon completing the workshop, teachers receive a curriculum binder that includes lab worksheets and lesson plans, resources, and four points toward renewing their educator’s license. Teachers will also receive a Chain Reaction kit valued at over $250 for use in the classroom.

The remaining non-district specific scheduled workshop dates for the 2019/2020 school year are November 20, 2019; January 29, 2020; February 26, 2020; April 3, 2020; April 29, 2020; May 27, 2020; and June 12, 2020. Registration will open 60 days prior to workshop. If your district has signed up for a specific workshop, information will be sent out through your district office. Register here.

For more information regarding Chain Reaction, you may contact Laura Cotter at or (801)456-5437 x137. We look forward to hearing from you soon!