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by Jason Bradshaw
Tue, 04/06/2021 - 09:45

The diversification of STEM and STEM education is not going to happen overnight, but we all move it forward with what we do today. It is incumbent to us as educators to acknowledge and celebrate the different identities in our classrooms.

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by Francisco Villa
Sat, 04/03/2021 - 10:45

This post addresses concerns about the quality of the future of chemistry education in an online environment. 

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by Dean Campbell
Fri, 04/02/2021 - 23:23

The many colors of springtime can be illustrated with photochromic pigments in commercial products. These products include UV beads, and more recently, photochromic glue. The glue can be used as a photochromic paint for paper or even eggs. The resulting colorful, decorative objects can be used to illustrate chemical discussions of aspects of photochemistry.

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by Melissa Hemling
Thu, 03/18/2021 - 18:54

Many of us have molecular kits we only use once a year.  Dust them off and find new lessons to use them in!

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by Melissa Hemling
Thu, 03/18/2021 - 17:25

Melissa Hemling shares her favorite manipulatives along with cheap at-home alternatives to help students visualize VSEPR.

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by Ben Meacham
Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:30

Ben Meacham decided to alter his approach to teaching about enthalpy and focus on getting students to first develop the mathematical model for enthalpy of solution so they could eventually apply it to make predictions for different solutes being dissolved. In this blog post he shares the process he used with his class.

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by Josh Kenney
Tue, 03/16/2021 - 08:38

March is Women's History Month and talking about female chemists' work during class is a great way to celebrate the month. Here, the author discusses three ways to highlight female chemists in a chemistry class.

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by Thomas Cox
Sun, 03/14/2021 - 22:30

Per label, 39 grams of table sugar (sucrose) are in a 12fl.oz. can of a Red Bull beverage. Visually, how much is 39 grams of anything? Check it out in this post.

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by Clarissa Sorens...
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 19:09

Evaluations are part of our everyday lives. This multi-part blog series aims to expand our collective understanding of evaluation. Part 3 focuses on reflections and critiques of some prominent evaluation theories.

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by Dean Campbell
Sat, 03/06/2021 - 22:07

The blossoms of eastern skunk cabbage produce heat for a couple of weeks in early spring. This heat, which can be detected using an infrared camera, results from oxidation of carbohydrates. The mechanisms behind this process can be used to introduce energy transduction during classroom discussions of thermochemistry.

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