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Chemistry Teacher Workshop expands high school classroom experiences

Jun 24, 2011

In June, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted an intensive four-day workshop specifically designed to provide high school chemistry teachers with a unique professional development opportunity.
"Chemistry is an experimental science, but a variety of practical considerations makes it challenging for high school teachers to provide their students with hands on laboratory exercises. Many of the activities in the workshop were designed to offer the teachers with lab exercises that they can easily implement in their own classrooms. By design, the experiments actively engage the students, give them a sense of how science works and hopefully inspire them to consider further study in the sciences," said Dr. Brian Myers, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
This challenging 30-hour workshop featured a combination of lecture, laboratory and networking time. Participants

  • Received instruction on the use of a Vernier spectrophotometer and Vernier probes in high school chemistry laboratory curriculum
  • Executed associated laboratory exercises
  • Examined and modified existing protocols during laboratory periods
  • Participated in discussion sessions
  • Selected a Vernier instrument for use in their home educational institution.

Twelve high school teachers participated from schools in Ohio, Indiana and Texas.