2024 TEDx Morehouse College Friday March 22 Friday March 22 Friday March 22

Jakyra Simpson

Chemist

Jakyra Simpson aka Ky the Chemist is a Master Chemist and Science Communicator who graduated with her Bachelor of Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy with minors in Mathematics and Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she relocated to Arizona and studied at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine specializing in herbal medicine and cannabinoid research. In 2021, she became an American Chemical Society bridge fellow and chemistry graduate student at Indiana University (IU). She recently graduated with her master’s in chemistry from IU and during her time there, trailblazed a new way to teach chemistry using hip-hop and sneaker culture. She is combining elements of her interest, cultural background, and passion for learning and education as an approach to teaching chemistry to students and the general public.  Creating her own research, she designed a series of Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM) sneaker art workshops that incorporate hands-on activities that introduce specialized chemistry and its relationship to the materials used in sneakers. In 2023, she founded STEAM Sneakerheadz, which is an education consulting business and offers these workshops along with other science outreach initiatives. She is also the author of the free Open education resource “The Chemistry of Shoe Game: Using Sneaker Culture to Teach (STEAM)”