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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Fri, 07/17/2015 - 22:03

It was Oregonians only (lucky me!) for PBS’s limited release of The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements in fall 2014. A national premiere is now at hand—mark your calendar for your local station’s broadcast.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:16

In , I used chemistry to give the illusion that water can be lit on fire. Here is the solution to that mystery.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Sat, 07/11/2015 - 14:00

The video displays a neat trick you can do for your students. What do you suppose is the secret behind this trick? Hint: >It has to do with chemistry!

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by Doug Ragan
Thu, 07/09/2015 - 22:51

 

If you are like me and pretty much what seems like ALL of my high schools students, then you probably have a mobile device near you and you are also aware of the effect water has on turning that most precious piece of  “I can’t live without it” into a paperweight. 

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by Julia Winter
Thu, 07/09/2015 - 22:47

Over the past two years, I have immersed myself in designing mobile games for organic chemistry: founding a company called Alchemie and building a team to develop these games. The first of our games is called Chairs! (The exclamation point comes from the fact that an app called Chairs already existed in the AppStore.) The game Chairs! is what we call our proof-of-concept. Folks were a bit incredulous when we told them we design games that make learning organic chemistry intuitive and fun. 

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by Dan Meyers
Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:23

Yesterday I posted about Day 1 of the Chemistry Camp

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by Dan Meyers
Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:36

My goal with this summer camp was to expose students to the chemistry of things around us - plants, food, batteries, fuel, etc. Fortunately, by studying plant pigments and photosynthesis, students were able to learn about and utilize common lab techniques.

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by Dan Meyers
Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:35

Oh summertime! My non-teacher friends and neighbors like to point out that it must be great having summers off from work. I try to explain that I’m still working although it’s really nice having a break from the students. And I know that a lot of colleagues in my PLN on Twitter are enjoying their break from students too while still spending some time working on upcoming challenges and curriculum designs.

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by Deanna Cullen
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:18

View the semifinalist videos for the ChemEd 2015 "So You Think You Can Demo" contest. 

Participate in our Unofficial Vote for your favorite!

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by Sarah Kong
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:56

I am teaching this summer and it is especially exciting as I am piloting the labs I wrote this spring. We are using these labs exclusively and I am collecting student feedback for each lab to help in the editing, refining, and revision process.

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