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Holiday Chemistry

All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This web seminar took place on November 29, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Michael Tinnesand and Erica Jacobsen. In this program, Mr. Tinnesand and Ms. Jacobsen shared a number of exciting labs, activities, demonstrations, and articles that connect holiday themes with fundamental science concepts.

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, Mr. Tinnesand and Ms. Jacobsen provided an overview of several activities inspired by the holiday season that can give students a real-world understanding of chemistry. Participants viewed video clips and discussed strategies for using the activities in their own classrooms and labs.

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

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:

  • “Great inspiration for engaging students scientifically.”
  • “The variety of activities presented was excellent. I also like how the presenters focused on why and how these should be done. Not just as activities for fun but fun with a purpose.”
  • “Perfect. No time wasted on materials that can't be easily used in the classroom. Concepts to discuss for each idea/demo were clearly explained and teaching handouts were given to us. Absolutely perfect. Thanks so much!”
  • “Thank you for the great project ideas. I can't wait to share them with coworkers and my students!”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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