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Halloween demo
by Kayode Oshin
Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:46

An outline for the Halloween Chemistry Show Demonstration at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN, is presented. Organized by Saint Mary’s Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SMAACS) student club, this show has become an annual event with an average attendance of over 200 people. The club’s main goal is to generate interest in the sciences among children; while stimulating a pursuit for continued education and hopefully future careers in STEM fields. The Halloween Chemistry Show aspires to that goal by providing an interactive experience for all children in attendance while presenting thought-provoking demonstrations for the entire audience.

 

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AP Chem
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Sun, 05/03/2015 - 11:32

As I write this, it is the day before the national AP Chemistry exam.  We’ve been working toward this day since August.  We’ve endured late hours, broken crucibles, anxiety, and tears.  I’ve run weekend and evening review sessions, we’ve

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Journal of Chemical Education April 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:08

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

The April 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available for subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/92/4. This issue features articles on atmospheric and environmental chemistry. Also featured in this issue are: microfluidic devices; problem solving strategies; information literacy; kinetics & thermodynamics; investigations of gases and organic synthesis; outreach.

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So You Think You Can Demo
by Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:57

“So You Think You Can Demo” is a fun and educational contest sponsored by ChemEd committee members to allow chemical educators to have a platform to share their best hands-on science demonstrations. We encourage all ChemEd 2015 attendees to submit a video showing off your most creative, informative and interesting chemistry demo. The deadline for submission of a demo video is April 30th.

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by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:42

This semester I get to work with one of my high school students as she investitgates what it takes to be a chemistry teacher.  She wrote the following blog post to describe her project...

 

 

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by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Thu, 03/12/2015 - 21:28

I started thinking about how integral the storytelling was to the curricular choices I made in my classroom.  I realized that I had shared some of my experiences as a Modeler and a few of the activities we use in our classrooms, but I have never described the order of topics. So, this blog is titled “The Model So Far…” I hope it gives you an idea of the journey we take each year as the students uncover evidence and construct models along the way. 

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Journal of Chemical Education March 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:43

Chemistry Education without Borders

The March 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/92/3. This issue features NMR spectroscopy; chemistry teaching from an international perspective; chemistry & history; learning to think and work like a chemist; introductory laboratory experiences & experiments; the chemistry of fingerprints.

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Kitzmann Conant Award
by Deanna Cullen
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:24

The citation included on the plaque presented to the 2014 recipient of the James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching reads “For her creativity, enthusiasm, and love of chemistry, inspiring students and teachers alike for over 35 years.”1 Kathy Kitzmann is all of that and more.

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Journal of Chemical Education February 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Wed, 02/11/2015 - 14:02

The February 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/92/2. The February issue includes content on: metal-organic materials, assessment, acid–base chemistry, game-based approach to teaching, chemical structure and properties, luminescence, inquiry-based teaching, nanochemistry, synthesis, and computational chemistry. This latest issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 92, are available at http://pubs.acs.org/jchemeduc.

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by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:18

The Chemical Educational Foundation's (CEF) You Be The Chemist® (YBTC) programs are designed to enhance K-8 science education by introducing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives. To accomplish its mission, CEF relies on the collaboration of industry, educators, and all members of a community to enhance science education among every generation, beginning with our youth. See CEF website for more information: https://www.chemed.org/ybtc/

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