American Chemical Society "Chemistry Colors Our World!" - Resources for National Chemistry Week, the Classroom, and Beyond

This web seminar took place on September 15, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Presenters were Erica K. Jacobsen, Chemical Education Consultant, and Analice Sowell, chair of the Science Department at Memphis University School.

Jacobsen and Sowell kicked off this web seminar by sharing a Kool-Aid Chromatography activity to announce the theme of National Chemistry Week 2015: “Chemistry Colors Our World.” The program continued with real-time classroom ideas on how to incorporate color into chemistry teaching, including infrared light, the visible light spectrum and flame testing. Information was also shared about the American Chemical Society’s “Celebrating Chemistry Magazine” and other chemistry related resources for teaching. Ideas ranged from using food for chromatography activities to metal complexes in solutions. All ideas are included in the collection. The web seminar concluded with a brief question and answer session regarding the activities presented.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants’ My Profile page 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:

  • “This was my favorite web seminar so far. I will be very much able to use these items in my class. I loved the simple materials lists and the applications to other subject areas.”
  • “I appreciated the chat information from other teachers with additional ideas. I also appreciated the links and the info-graphics.”
  • “It was really nice to see familiar names. It is beginning to feel like family. Nice variety of level touched on - applicable from preschool through high school. Kudos to all of you!”
  • “I enjoyed learning about the luminescence. I will be trying some experiments with glow sticks and other items I have around the house.”

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

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