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The Oak Ridge Associated Universities hosted a professional development workshop recently to show K-12 teachers new ways to teach science, technology, engineering and math, and provide an outlet for them to network with each other.

UT’s Al Hazari led a class in educational science experiments based on color and taste called “colorful and sweet chemistry.” The Knoxville News Sentinel featured the course in this story. The workshop showed educators different ways to teach the lessons they are already teaching in an engaging way.

Above all, it’s about having a good time, said Hazari, who conducts outreach for the UT Department of Chemistry.

“That’s my goal, to get them excited about learning so that they can turn around and get the kids excited by doing some simple things and connecting everyday stuff,” he said.