Bri­tish pro­fes­sor makes chem­istry fun for young stu­dents in China

Global Times - - MOSAIC -

A Bri­tish pro­fes­sor has be­come a live-stream­ing celebrity in China with videos geared to in­tro­duce chem­istry to young­sters through fun ex­per­i­ments.

David G. Evans, 60, a pro­fes­sor at Bei­jing Univer­sity of Chem­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy with more than two mil­lion fol­low­ers on pop­u­lar video plat­form Kuaishou, is kin­dling kids’ in­ter­est in chem­istry by en­gag­ing them with in­ter­est­ing ex­per­i­ments.

Evans’ chan­nel, David’s Lab­o­ra­tory (Dai­weishiyan­shi), fea­tures eye-catch­ing ex­per­i­ments that re­sult in ev­ery­thing from cool ex­plo­sions or goopy green foam.

“My friend’s as­sis­tant sug­gested that I livestream my ex­per­i­ments,” Evans ex­plained. “I keep them short – around one minute each,” he added.

Earn­ing his doc­tor­ate from Ox­ford Univer­sity, Evans has lived in China for 22 years and speaks Chi­nese flu­ently. “Be­fore that, I came to China ev­ery year from 1987 to 1996, and wit­nessed China’s devel­op­ment,” Evans said.

Evans said part of his mis­sion is to bring Chi­nese stu­dents ac­cess to a lab­o­ra­tory that they don’t usu­ally re­ceive in school.

“[Teach­ers] of­ten stress the­ory, be­cause there are just too many kids in a class,” he said.

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