Community Outreach

CHEMISTRY OUTREACH

I have been involved in several types of community outreach projects to promote science education and chemistry. One of the best was a biannual event I worked on with teachers from each elementary school in our district and from our middle school. It was a Science Extravaganza.

A Halloween Chemistry Show

Halloween demo

An outline for the Halloween Chemistry Show Demonstration at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN, is presented. Organized by Saint Mary’s Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SMAACS) student club, this show has become an annual event with an average attendance of over 200 people. The club’s main goal is to generate interest in the sciences among children; while stimulating a pursuit for continued education and hopefully future careers in STEM fields. The Halloween Chemistry Show aspires to that goal by providing an interactive experience for all children in attendance while presenting thought-provoking demonstrations for the entire audience.

Beyond Benign Summer Training

Explore the green chemistry resources provided by Beyond Benign. This is a completely online course. Go at your own pace.  Meet other interested virtually and engage in insightful discussions. You will be pleasantly surprised by the available resources that you can explore and fit into your curriculum. Earn professional development credit. Optional graduate credits are available.

Reflections on a Year of AP

AP Chem

As I write this, it is the day before the national AP Chemistry exam.  We’ve been working toward this day since August.  We’ve endured late hours, broken crucibles, anxiety, and tears.  I’ve run weekend and evening review sessions, we’ve taken practice tests,

What are they thinking? Where did they get that idea?

Making Thinking Visible

Have you read “Making Thinking Visible”?  You should. It focuses on making student thinking visible to the teacher. While still learning to use the visible thinking routines, I really feel more conscious of students’ understandings than ever.  

Here is a sample activity that I adapted to fit my honor chemistry students’ needs: