Physics teachers have AAPT, biology teachers have NABT, and starting this fall, chemistry teachers will have AACT. We are happy to announce that the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) will be accepting charter members starting on Aug. 4 at BCCE in Grand Rapids, Mich. But if you aren’t attending BCCE, you can join AACT by visiting teachchemistry.org on Aug. 4, and you’ll still have the status of charter member.
In August 2013, the ACS Board of Directors approved the formation of AACT, a membership organization to support K–12 teachers of chemistry. In March 2014, the staff was assembled, and we’ve been working hard all summer to gather and create resources, build a website, source articles for the periodical, and create animations and videos, among other things. We’ve heard from lots of teachers of chemistry who have great ideas and suggestions for AACT, and we look forward to meeting many of them in Grand Rapids.
If you’re going to BCCE, there will be many opportunities to interact with and learn about AACT. Stop by booth 13 to chat with us about your ideas; attend a Birds of a Feather lunch with AACT on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 12:45–1:45 PM; hear from Laura Slocum, a member of the AACT advisory board, during the BCCE opening ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 3; or attend one of the AACT sponsored refreshment breaks.
Being a teacher of chemistry can be isolating, and there are a number of local organizations that support these teachers. But not all areas are fortunate enough to have a network of this type. AACT will provide all teachers of chemistry with the opportunity to connect with a like-minded community at the national level. With the shared goal of inspiring students to understand, and maybe even fall in love with, the discipline we all find so fascinating, we invite any and all teachers of chemistry to be part of the AACT community. Membership for teachers and those interested in chemical education is $50, and preservice teachers can join for $25.
Please contact us at email@example.com, whether or not you’ll be at BCCE. We’d love to hear your ideas for how we can best support you!