Kelly_ChangTextbooks line the tables of Kelly Chan’s Chemistry in Society classroom at CTY Bristol, but she and her classmates are too busy learning to open them.

Monday they learned about plastics and polymers. Tuesday was metals, and the class did three labs. Tomorrow they will study food science, and bags of snacks await their attention in the lab .

With engaging discussions each morning led by instructor David Shellhamer and lab experiments each afternoon, the class uses textbooks only occasionally for reference.

It’s an entirely different way of learning from the lecture and memorization approach that she’s accustomed to at her school in Hong Kong, and Kelly, 15, is thrilled...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.