Spellbound: How Kids Became Scientists

Spellbound, a video series produced for the 2011 observance of the International Year of Chemistry, tells the story of scientists whose childhood curiosity about everyday things helped them launch careers in the lab, win Nobel Prizes, and make other achievements. Their curiosity, mentors, role models, and other early childhood experiences may point to approaches that can be used today, and tomorrow, in encouraging young people into careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Heroes made the difference: Peter Agre, M.D.

Peter Agre is a 2003 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. He is also the Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A Born Chemist: Isiah Warner

Isiah Warner is a Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. In 2003, he received the Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society.

When Girls Didn't "Do" Science: Mamie Moy

Mamie Wong Moy discusses a time during her education when girls didn't "do" science. She also tells of a science teacher who encouraged her to be curious about the sciences and, ultimately, inspired Mamie to pursue a career in chemistry.