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by Thomas Cox
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:50

What real world examples are made known to students when discussing freezing point depression? What about brinicles, also known as "Icy Fingers of Death"? A brinicle (from brine + ice) is a finger-like formation of supercooled brine solution that grows downward underneath sea ice. Intrigued? Cool (pun intended). Keep reading to find out more!

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by Chad Husting
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 08:09

A lab practical with an escape room story turned out to be a great final exam.

 

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by Scott Donnelly
Mon, 06/14/2021 - 13:25

What does a recent visit to Fort Bridger State Historic Park in southwestern Wyoming, a plant similar to an onion, and an armed conflict between Native Americans and the US government have anything to do with chemistry? Much. Check it out here. 

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by Jennie Mayer
Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:45

Storytelling is ubiquitous throughout all human cultures. Why not use storytelling in the chemistry classroom as a way to develop a classroom community of support and friendship? Interested? Cool, read on!

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 06/03/2021 - 13:21

Some explorations and explanations regarding superconductors and the quantum levitation (also known as quantum locking) experiment.

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by Michael Jansen
Wed, 06/02/2021 - 16:21

Good day, gentle readers:

Let me start by telling a story that, at first blush, has nothing to do with chemistry teaching.

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by Dean Campbell
Sun, 05/30/2021 - 10:25

During the last few semesters, a small survey has been deployed at Bradley University where students were to describe and classify items of litter that they found. The purposes of the surveys were to get students thinking about some of the chemical implications of solid waste and give the students some experience with a citizen science project. The most recent iteration of the survey, and some of its results, are described.

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by Kristen Drury
Fri, 05/28/2021 - 06:47

Kristen Drury came up with a fun new project for her class, “Create a Game: Shark Tank Presentation.”

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by Scott Donnelly
Wed, 05/26/2021 - 12:05

Who is not interested in food, right? Why not use what happens in the kitchen everyday to teach some chemistry? This blog post shares some conceptually based questions based on the information found on the backside of a popular dry mix brownie product.

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by Josh Kenney
Tue, 05/25/2021 - 08:08

Case studies have been a staple of undergraduate and graduate education programs like medicine, law, and business, for many years. They let learners engage with simulated real-world situations, making the content more meaningful and connected to their future careers. As a valuable context-based learning tool, case studies are becoming more common in secondary science. Here, we'll explore the role that students and instructors play when learning with case studies.

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