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By: Jennifer Struski

TL; DR Chemistry trending. Wouldcan you tell me? YES! Thanks to Phil Cook’s vibrant and educational mix on TikTok.

Cook isn’t your ordinary chemistry teacher. How it started, he said he was doing science experiments with his class when one of his students suggested making a TikTok. Cook said he hadn’t a clue what TikTok was at the time. So, his students helped him create the account and posted the first video from their Friday lab. When he returned to school on Monday, his students were so excited! They showed him his TikTok account; it had grown to over 10,000 subscribers over the weekend…just from the one video!

Now he has 2.6 million followers on TikTok and a sizeable number of followers on Instagram. Cook says he’s having fun and hopes to get kids more excited about science. While Cook attempts to teach some chemistry on the app, he also shows us fun facts we didn’t know. For example, his most famous TikTok; dissolved the aluminum of a soda can, which is cool all by itself, but wait, there’s more! He shows us a thin plastic lining inside the soda can…mind is blown! If you look at the view count, we obviously weren’t the only ones who found this fascinating.


Written by: Sofia Christensen, Intern

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