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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:09

“How Much Turmoil Does the Science Project Cause Families?” reads the tongue-in-cheek science-fair-style poster illustrating parent Susan Messina’s views on science fairs. Her materials list includes: at least 1 grudging parent, half-baked idea of very dubious merit, and procrastination.

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Recent activity: 3 months 6 days ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:27

The nail bottle demonstration is one that many of us have conducted in our classes. To perform this demonstration, 2 – 3 mL of ethanol is placed into a plastic bottle that has two nails punctured into opposite sides of the bottle. After stoppering the bottle, a Tesla coil is touched to one of the nails. A spark jumps from one nail to the other, which initiates the combustion of vaporized ethanol inside the bottle. We recently filmed this reaction with our high speed video camera.

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Recent activity: 3 months 3 days ago
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:58

A fan letter for a chemistry experiment? Well, yes. I read Tom Kuntzleman’s blog post “Soap Boat 2.0” over four months ago and immediately bookmarked it.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 09:17

My students and I intend to use a high-speed camera to film a variety of chemistry experiments in slow motion.  The first reaction we have decided to film is the “Whoosh Bottle”.  You can read more about this pa

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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 02/12/2014 - 20:53

I am excited with my student's response to offering an ACS ChemClub at our high school! ACS does a great job of providing materials and ideas for meetings.

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by Trish Loeblein
Tue, 02/11/2014 - 16:57

Is PhET still free to use? Yes, but you can always make donations or encourage others. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1437859

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by Sarah Kong
Sat, 02/08/2014 - 11:28

This week I talked with Alice Putti who teaches Chemistry and AP Chem in West Michigan.  Below are her answers to our inquiry questions:

Q1:  How do you define inquiry? or What does inquiry look like to you?

Recent activity: 3 months 2 weeks ago
by Sarah Kong
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 09:15

This year one my goals is to use this space to talk specifically with various teachers about how they use inquiry in their chemistry classrooms.  My four questions are:

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by Deanna Cullen
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:36

I recently spoke with a chemist from industry that said that if she admits to being a chemist, it is a serious conversation ender. I can relate! I know many of you can to. My colleague, Greg Rushton, shared a similar sentiment in an .

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by Doug Ragan
Sun, 01/26/2014 - 14:59

    Are you looking for that one website that has an abundance of chemistry knowledge?  Well, I came across www.endmemo.com/chem/ and it is filled with all types of chemistry information.

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