My name is Zahraa Mougnieh and I am the creator and founder of Kid Chemist. I graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s in Science in Psychology. During my college career, I had one goal – to become a dentist. While taking the numerous classes needed for my degree, I realized I was not prepared enough for chemistry growing up.
Chemistry is not an easy subject, to say the least. All of my sleepless nights of studying for my chemistry classes could have been easily resolved if I had learned the fundamentals of science in a way that really made it interesting and fun growing up — the frustration was building. I’ve tutored kids in all subjects since I was 16 years old, worked as a substitute teacher for all grade levels during college, and was a parapro at a local middle school. These experiences showed me that the very same frustration I felt was being felt by many other students. The general consensus was “why am I not being taught this in a fun and exciting way that sparks my interest, knowledge, and confidence in science”?
Science is always looked at by many students as a dreadful subject because of the way it has been presented to them. I knew I could develop a different approach. I started with my nieces, creating hands-on experiments with them at home and targeted a specific subject each week. I saw them grasping advanced concepts without them even knowing — I had made learning fun for them! Their interest in science and chemistry would only grow and, as a result, prepare them the right way for their future.
Through my self-teaching and endless studying, I was afraid of failing or not getting accepted. Applying to many dental schools coupled with these experiences taught me that failure is part of the process. I learned so much from failing and found my new passion from it. Through this journey, I created Kid Chemist, a fully hands-on program that strives to have every child grow their interest, knowledge, and confidence in a fun and exciting way through hands-on experiments.
– Zahraa Mougnieh