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Proviso East Students and Niles West Share a Chemistry & Cultural Exchange

Proviso East's AP Chemistry students recently participated in a chemistry exchange with AP Chemistry students at Niles West High School. The students of Proviso East took a field trip to Niles West High to shadow their AP chemistry students for a day.

Proviso East Chemistry Teacher Glen Lid said the event was designed for students to have a stimulating learning and cultural experience.

"The intention of this project was to help both sets of students [Proviso East and Niles West] gain from the cultural exchange of the two schools," said Lid.

During the chemistry exchange, Niles West students and Proviso East students conducted a kinetics experiment to control the rate of chemical reactions. Each East student partnered with a Niles West student to design their own experiment. After the chemistry class, Proviso East students finished the day at Niles West and attended calculus, foreign language, and physics classes. The following day Niles West students came to Proviso East to shadow PTHS 209 students.

"The advantages [of the chem. exchange] completely overpower any possible disadvantages," said Proviso East Senior Baron Xu. "We got to meet new people, make a new friends, and it broadened our view of school life."

"It was a really good experience," said Proviso East Senior Justin Christian. "I enjoyed it because it gave us a chance to get out of our everyday learning environment. I learned that Niles West classes are very similar to ours. Even though I learned a lot about chemical reactions, the trip wasn't just about chemistry for us."

Indeed, East students took away chemistry and life lessons. At the end of the exchange, students participated in a discussion session to talk about their overall experiences.

"I think students saw that it does not matter which community you come from or your socio-economic status," said Lid. "At the end of the day these kids have a lot more in common than differences."

Below is a picture slide-show of the chemistry exchange.

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