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

This web seminar took place on September 18, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Erica K. Jacobsen and Jennifer Priddy. In this program Ms. Jacobsen and Mrs. Priddy shared resources for celebrating National Chemistry Week (NCW), October 19–25, 2014.

Erica Jacobsen, consultant for ACS ChemClub program and Jennifer Priddy, chemistry teacher Tarpon Springs High School presented "Sweet" lessons on how to use candy to teach chemistry. Special attention was given to National Chemistry Week and activities to encourage the celebration of chemistry through candy. Lessons and resources included how to use candy in place of more expensive lab supplies and chemicals, how to use candy safely in the lab, and how to encourage science exploration and inquiry with candy labs.

The presenters also discussed funding and fund raising using "chemistry and candy," and provided links to grant opportunities. Information was provided on the ACS and the AACT. Lessons were also presented on the science of chocolate, using colloidal candy to teach Charle's Law and Boyle's Law, titration with candy, and pH candy labs. Participants were provided a pdf and link to the resources used for the presentation, as well as links to the videos and activities.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate 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 thought the topic was excellent. Using candy in science will pique the students' interest"
  • "I enjoyed seeing the different ways that candy can be used to do a variation of more traditional labs. I know that food really motivates my students and this offers me a way to connect the content back to them. "

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

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