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Green Chemistry-Is There a Place for it in High School 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 9, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Michael Tinnesand, former Associate Director of the ACS Education Division, and Barbara Sitzman, chemistry teacher at Granada Hills Charter High School, Los Angeles, CA. In this Seminar, Mr. Tinnesand and Ms. Sitzman presented green chemistry activities that can serve as environmentally friendly alternatives to labs commonly performed in chemistry classes today.

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.

This is the second of four Web Seminars scheduled this fall in cooperation with the American Chemical Society. In this program, Mr. Tinnesand and Ms. Sitzman reviewed the definition of “green chemistry” and described how it can be integrated in the high school classroom without adding topics to the often packed curriculum. They showed examples of classroom activities, calculations to evaluate energy usage, and a host of web-based resources for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Fifty-eight (58) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. 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 ideas, great topic for if/when teaching chemistry topics."
  • "Practical application to lab."
  • "I will actually try and incorporate the Water lab into the unit I am currently teaching (thermodynamics unit). I will be looking at using the others in upcoming units."
  • "It gave me some ideas of how to bring 'real world' concerns into the classroom."

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

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