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Toward roads that de-ice themselves

This year in the midwest United States, winter has been a fickle friend. I haven’t seen the same amount of snow or ice as in recent years, but I still made sure I was prepared for it at our home by stocking up on calcium chloride to use as a de-icer on my driveway and sidewalks. 

Chemistry in its Element- Podcast Series

CHEMISTRY IN ITS ELEMENT: SERIES ONE The Elements

Have you ever had a student ask random questions about each and every element? More than ever it seems as if students are excited about the physical sciences and we, as educators, owe it to them to continue their curiosity. With so much information available at their fingertips, we want to verify that the information they are collecting is accurate.

Puzzle Games for Introductory Chemistry Students

Mahjong Chem - Stetson University Department of Chemistry

Over the past few years puzzle apps have been a favorite amongst high school students. Although each vary in degree of difficulty, most involve recognizing patterns in order to advance to the next phase of the game. 

The Doomsday Scam by C. J. Chivers

The Doomsday Scam, by C. J. Chivers

For decades, aspiring bomb makers - including ISIS - have desperately tried to get their hands on a lethal substance called red mercury.  There's a reason they never have.

How To Do A Demo Safely

Be safe

We continue to hear bad news about chemistry classroom accidents. Please share this with your cohorts. We cannot assume that everyone knows how to be safe when performing demonstrations. 

Veritasium in the Modeling Classroom

Veritasium

Modeling InstructionTM is specifically designed so students construct meaning without being told what to think and I needed videos that aligned with this philosophy.  That’s when I ran across this TedEd talk with Dr. Derek Muller.

Graph of the Week

Graph of the Week

Helping students to interpret graphs and analyze them is an important for many reasons. Spending time training students to do just that will help them to become critical thinkers.