National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work – A Breath of Fresh Air

This Web Seminar took place on May 31, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Alissa Keil, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Keil introduced a lesson that engages AP Chemistry students in a lab activity exploring electrolysis of water.

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 was the fourth and final presentation of Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work – A Breath of Fresh Air for the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Keil talked about the air and water recycling processes on board the International Space Station and linked those systems to water treatment systems on Earth. She shared a lesson that gives high school students a chance to experiment with these concepts and gain a better understanding of electrolysis. Seminar participants watched videos showing students taking part in the activity. They also learned about the required technology and materials and discussed strategies for classroom implementation.

Fifty-one (51) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. In addition, one participant joined the seminar from outside a location outside the United States: Turkey.

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:

  • “I teach electrolysis in my chemistry classes. I am looking for an interesting lab to show applications of electrolysis. I believe I have found it.”
  • “Good tool for classroom use and sharing with other teachers.”
  • “A very interesting way to introduce a new concept that could be boring or difficult.”
  • “Lessons and power point will be very useful.”

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

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