I was excited to recently come across a new free app for the iPad entitled goREACT by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
The ACS Chem Clubs Web site offers an assortment of ideas to spice up your lesson plans near Halloween. There are many recommended demonstrations including using a Jack-O-Lantern with different color flames or smoke coming out of it. There are activities for dressing up like elements and testing candy just to mention a couple.
Have you ever seen the soap boat experiment? Check out the video.
Future Directions of Chemistry Education Research The September 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online [http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/90/9]. This latest issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 90, are available at http://pubs.acs.org/jchemeduc.
Do you or anyone you know advise an ACS Chem Club? I have heard of it over the past few years, but I have been busy and didn’t want to add another thing to my plate. When I found out that there are no requirements of what or how much we have to do as a group, I decided that I could give it a try. I appreciate that ACS provides some great resources. You can find many ideas on the ACS web site.
This is a series of experiments, PhET Interactive Simulation activities, and clicker questions to relate macroscopic and molecular representations of homogenenous solutions. Graphing skills are also used.
This is a combination of activities that will take several class periods or a few class periods and homework if students have computer access outside of classtime.
A collection of editor-selected articles from the Journal of Chemical Education on the 2013 National Chemistry Week theme, "Energy: Now and Forever!", is available at: http://pubs.acs.org/page/jceda8/ncw2013.html.
Enjoy these JCE resources on batteries, biofuels, fuel cells, future fuels, nuclear energy, and solar energy.
The Grand Valley State University organizers of BCCE 2014 are working to make the August 3-7, 2014 conference a valuable experience for the high school chemistry teacher.