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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:39

Here’s a great project to try with your students: build a periodic table out of Lego blocks. We did this a few years ago at Spring Arbor University, working with teachers and students from Hardin Valley Academy in Tennessee. After we built our Lego Periodic Table, we used Velcro strips to hang it on a wall on the chemistry floor of the science building on campus.

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by Deanna Cullen
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:33

Earth Day is just around the corner. If you are looking for some ideas to highlight environmental issues, the Journal of Chemical Education is offering free access to many articles and activities that you will find interesting.

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by Deanna Cullen
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:23

I attended professional development provided by the (VAEI) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that provided an opportunity to observe scientists at the engage in a journal club.

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by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Sun, 04/13/2014 - 16:42

Have you ever thought about the ways we, as chemistry teachers, talk about the concept of energy?  Think about all the different terms we use when we talk about the role of energy in our curriculum:  endothermic, exothermic, heat, specific heat, heat capacity, enthalpy, tempera

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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:42

I just recently became aware of the , a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth science education.

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by Doug Ragan
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:54

Having completed a unit on stoichiometry,  I was looking to review with my HS students some key topics before Spring Break.  I had received from FLINN scientific their "It's Elementary--March Madness" activity:

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by Lowell Thomson
Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:06

In this post I'll describe how I use an iPad App, Educreations, to interact with my students in a few different scenarios. First, I use it to answer questions sent to me by email. Second, I use it to create simple help videos for students relating to our work.

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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:35

I've read this a couple times and have been thinking about its potential impact on our K12 community as we begin to consider the challenges and the opportunities associated with the

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:48

Did you know that Pyrex glassware used in chemistry labs is different than Pyrex glassware used in kitchens?  Pyrex glass used in chemistry experiments is made of borosilicate glass, whereas the Pyrex used when baking is made of soda lime glass.

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by Lowell Thomson
Sat, 03/29/2014 - 08:14

In a previous post, I discussed the work of my grade 10 class as we read the non-fiction story, The Case of the Frozen Addicts. We've continued working our way through the book, taking one class every two weeks to delve into the issues presented. Just this week, we engaged in a fish-bowl discussion. To help steer the discussion, I started the class with a quick warm-up activity asking students to suggest topics or questions that they would want to talk through in the fish bowl.

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