"It's not just the person with the disease affected, it's everyone," said Bob Werner of the Becky Werner Meningitis Foundation. Werner was guest speaker at IDEAS Academy on April 4. The topic, meningitis and how it affects lives. "There are 36 million people In the U.S. And there are 3,000 cases of meningitis reported a year," said Werner.
“Knowing is good, but knowing and acting is better,” according to Karen Robison, who teaches biology, honors human anatomy and physiology, and chemistry at IDEAS.
If the purpose of chemistry is to better understand the materials that make up our world and how they interact, then why not focus on those materials that surround us? While chemicals like Sulfuric Acid and Sodium Hydroxide might present excellent materials to work with in the lab, the average Joe isn't going to be working with them on a day to day basis. Milk and orange juice, on the other hand, can be found in our own kitchens. So why not start with these acids and bases and then work towards those other chemicals we almost never see?