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“The Sweet Side of Chemistry”—Candy Resources for National Chemistry Week, the Classroom, and Beyond

Erica K. Jacobsen
Erica K. Jacobsen Erica K. Jacobsen currently serves as a chemical education consultant. Her work includes producing resource materials for the American Chemical Society (ACS) ChemClub program, writing ChemClub articles for ChemMatters magazine, and contributing to the JCE ChemEd Xchange and ACS ChemClubs blogs. In the past, she developed teacher’s guides for ChemMatters magazine articles and was an author for ACS’s “Energy Foundations for High School Chemistry” project. She also worked at the Journal of Chemical Education for over ten years, completing a term as editor of its Precollege Chemistry section and overseeing the Journal's high school-related content and events, including teacher workshops. Prior to joining the Journal staff, she taught grades 11 and 12 chemistry, Advanced Placement chemistry, and physics. Her “classroom” for the past nine years has been her dining room table, as she homeschools her children. She enjoys sharing hands-on STEM activities with her local homeschool group.

Jennifer Priddy
Jennifer Priddy Jennifer Priddy teaches chemistry at Tarpon Springs High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida. She has a B.S. in geosciences from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in geosciences from Pennsylvania State University, and has conducted paleoclimatological research for the Ocean Drilling Program and the Greenland Ice Sheet Project II. A proponent of hands-on teaching methods, she has implemented processes for teaching chemical properties using food chemistry and cooking that are being adapted for use by chemistry classes throughout the county. The program gives students the opportunity to see the relationship between the scientific processes that they learn about in class and real world applications.

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