Charlottesville Branch

Who are we: Science Delivered has recently opened a branch in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our aim is to bring engaging and interactive STEM labs to the community, with each class tailored to students needs. 

Science Labs: We are smaller than our parent branch in San Diego and currently have three Science Lab offerings. We will be providing Chemistry: What's Your Reaction?, Waves of Sound, and Perceiving is Believing: Neuroscience to Charlottesville area schools. The descriptions of each lab are outlined below.

Scientist Bootcamp: Our Charlottesville founders are piloting a research and teaching immersion program for high school students. There will be 2 parts to the Bootcamp: Research Immersion and Leadership Academy. Research Immersion includes learning laboratory skills and working with real researchers. The Leadership Academy teaches all about science communication and allows you to get hands-on experience teaching science to younger students. To find out more information and pre-register, see our detailed descriptions below.

Donate: We are currently looking for donations! If you or your company are interested in donating to or supporting Science Delivered Charlottesville, please contact Kelly Barford and the email provided below. Science Delivered, Charlottesville is a 501c3 organization, and your contribution is tax deductible.

To aid in donations, we have opened a Generosity account. Please take a look and donate if you can. No amount is too small, and all proceeds will go towards supplies so we can bring our labs to as many classrooms as possible!


Want us to come visit your class?: We're looking to expand to more schools and classrooms! If you're interested in having Science Delivered, Charlottesville provide a Science Lab to your students or for your events please contact Kelly Barford at the email provided below. We are happy to work with you to tailor our labs to meet the needs of your students. Additionally, if you are interested in a Science Lab currently provided in San Diego but not C'Ville, let us know. We'll be adding labs according to our budget and teacher interest.


C'Ville Science Labs

Perceiving is Believing: Neuroscience

Students learn how they perceive information about their environment through a series of experiments and demos. In addition to exploring the "traditional" senses, these demonstrations are designed to "trick" the brain as well! Students then have the chance to view REAL human brains, which were donated to science. Note: Students do NOT dissect the brains. Brains are bagged and fixed with a non-toxic substance.


  • Tricking their brains
  • Participating in demos
  • Looking a real human brain!


  • How signals propagate through their brains and bodies
  • Their perceptions can be different than reality
  • Basic brain structure

The Waves of Sound

Students learn about waves and energy transfer by focusing on sound waves in this fun and exciting class. We start with a fun activity designed to demonstrate how different materials create different sound waves. Students then perform their own experiments using salt on a balloon membrane and string and a coat hanger. By doing this, they learn about the scientific process and wave transmission. We end with a demo of “the clapper” to show how sound waves can be transferred into energy.


  • Making salt dance
  • Hearing amplified sounds
  • Conducting their own experiments


  • How sounds move through various materials
  • How sound waves interact with their ears to allow us to hear
  • How to conduct a scientific investigation


Chemistry: What's Your Reaction?

Students learn about chemical reactions and the invisible properties of many gases during a series of fun activities. First, we start with a magic trick that demonstrates how many materials have unique properties. Then, students perform a chemical reaction  to blow up balloons and learn about acids, bases and carbon dioxide. Students then perform another safe chemical reaction to see firsthand how chemistry can induce energy and temperature changes.


  • Being amazed by the magic trick
  • Blowing up balloons with gas
  • Feeling the citric acid/baking soda reaction get COLD


  • That there are various types of gases
  • That chemical reactions can produce gas
  • That chemical reactions use or generate heat

Scientist Bootcamp

Science Delivered Charlottesville is developing a unique after-school program for high school students that will prepare them for a future in STEM. Whether your student is interested in research or teaching, we've got the program for them. We are excited to bring STEM opportunities to Charlottesville area high school students through our pilot program in Fall 2017.

Research Immersion: Love learning about science? This is your chance to do it yourself with real researchers! You'll learn and practice essential research skills, AND be paired with University of Virginia scientists to help with cutting-edge research projects.

Leadership Academy: Great scientists need great leadership and communication skills. In Scientist Bootcamp: Leadership Academy, you will work together with other scientists to explore your favorite subject with fun, hands-on experiments. You will also practice being in charge of your very own science lab and leading other scientists through a mini-experiment. Scientists share their research with others! At the end of the program, we'll visit elementary schools and teach the younger students how to do the cool experiments you've learned!

Pre-Registration Form:




Kelly Barford

Kelly received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech and is currently working toward a PhD in Neuroscience from University of Virginia. She developed and taught a Neuroscience class for UVa’s Saturday Enrichment Program, and is currently developing a Microscopic World class for the program this coming winter. She has participated in the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain Awareness week, as well as in elementary school outreach as former president of UVa’s Women in Math and Science. She also volunteers at many science nights and science fairs around town to help make the science she loves accessible to the Charlottesville community. 

Taylor Welsh

Taylor’s favorite part of teaching science is how the students react to experiments: the looks of surprise when something happens they didn’t expect, or the looks of triumph when they correctly predict the outcome. Taylor received a B.S. in Biology from Washington and Lee University, and is working toward a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia. She has also created and presented all sorts of science programs as a Summer Programs Assistant at the Explore More Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg, VA and has training in learning theory from the University of Virginia’s Center for Teaching Excellence. She has volunteered with the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain Awareness Week, the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC, and many schools and programs in and around Charlottesville, VA. As a cofounder of Science Delivered Charlottesville, Taylor is excited to bring the joy of discovery to all of our programs.