Episode #118: Unlocking the True Potential in Kids with Dr. Daniel Fried

Barbara BrayRethinking Learning Podcast

Episode #118: Unlocking the True Potential in Kids with Dr. Daniel Fried

Dr. Daniel Fried is Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Saint Peters University, has developed new methods and content for chemistry education in K-12 that incorporates pedagogies from Daniel’s background in music and art. It’s very visual, tactile, and kids learn the concepts in a way that mirrors how students learn musical instruments.

What or who inspired you to focus on Chemistry?

I stumbled on chemistry while taking Organic Chemistry over the summer in college. I loved how the subject finally gave explanations about how living matter is put together and how it reacts. I started taking more courses in organic and biochemistry because I wanted to know how everything in the biological world was structured!

Why did you want to develop content for chemistry education for K-12?

At the end of graduate school, and with a Ph.D. in chemistry, I felt that I had a birdseye view of the subjects of chemistry and biochemistry, and wanted to go back to fill in the gaps and try my hand at revolutionizing the subject for early learners. I didn’t want other kids to get stuck the way I did. I also wanted to show that kids have an untapped potential that wasn’t acknowledged with the standard approaches to learning that I experienced as a kid. I didn’t think that kids should have to wait until they were adults to find out about biochemistry. I wanted to see if kids could learn it from an early age.

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