Solving the Smog Puzzle on Earth and from Space: Good vs.
This web seminar took place on April 1, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
daylight time. The presenters were Michael Tinnesand, an educational consultant
with the American Chemical Society; Ginger Butcher, education lead for NASA’s Aura
mission; and Bryan Duncan, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Aura mission. In
this program the presenters traced the story of scientists’ discovery of pollutants
in our atmosphere and shared ideas for incorporating this and other chemical stories
into the high school chemistry curriculum.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library,
neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.
During this web seminar the presenters told the story of the puzzling smug that
descended over Los Angeles in the 1940s and the research that scientists began conducting
on the chemical makeup of atmospheric pollutants. The presenters talked about discoveries
made in the 1970s that revealed that everyday products were contributing to catastrophic
chemical reactions high in the atmosphere. Participants viewed video clips, checked
their knowledge with poll questions, and learned about lab activities to use with
This web seminar was another in a series designed to provide secondary teachers
insights into presenting often difficult chemistry concepts in the context of everyday
experiences students can relate to. These seminars are sponsored by the American
Chemical Society (ACS) Education Division, Office of High School Chemistry. For
more information about ACS resources for high school teachers, please visit www.acs.org/highschool.
Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance
was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in
the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "I enjoyed the way the presenters made everything relevant and usable for next day
- "Great resources! Excellent presenters! Very good slides and videos!"
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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