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Boys, Alexander J.; Walsh, Mark C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Elementary and middle school science curricula typically focus on generating an interest in science and engineering through the use of hands-on activities that demonstrate specific concepts. Laboratory activities designed in this manner often circumvent some of the main challenges that engineers and scientists face, namely balancing advantages and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Dean, Natalie L.; Ewan, Corrina; Braden, Douglas; McIndoe, J. Scott – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Comprehension of the 3D structure of objects usually represented in 2D is a critical part of understanding molecular geometries. The frequency with which students actually get hands-on with 3D molecular structures is often limited to a singular laboratory session. We sought to develop a set of molecular shapes that were inexpensive enough not only…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Molecular Structure, Science Laboratories
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Norton, Amie E.; Ringo, Jessica M.; Hendrickson, Spencer; McElveen, Jennifer M.; May, Francis J.; Connick, William B. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
A five-day discovery-based summer workshop for incoming ninth graders was designed and conducted at the University of Cincinnati (UC). The idea was to have an inquiry-based, research-driven laboratory experience where students were provided with a mentor who encouraged creativity and inquisitiveness. Over a period of three years, 33 students…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, Workshops, Summer Programs
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Kizilaslan, Aydin; Sozbilir, Mustafa; Zorluoglu, Seraceddin Levent – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Science education could be made more accessible to students with visual impairments through collaboration and specific adaptation in both the science classrooms and laboratories. For example, by providing simple adaptations or doing some essential modifications, students can gain experience with measuring, balancing, and weighing a variety of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Visual Impairments, Teaching Methods, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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DeKorver, Brittland K.; Choi, Mark; Towns, Marcy – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Chemical demonstration shows are a popular form of informal science education (ISE), employed by schools, museums, and other institutions in order to improve the public's understanding of science. Just as teachers employ formative and summative assessments in the science classroom to evaluate the impacts of their efforts, it is important to assess…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Middle Schools
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C¸etin, Pinar Seda; Eymur, Gülüzar – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
In this study, we employed a new instructional model that helps students develop scientific writing and presentation skills. Argument-driven inquiry (ADI) is one of the most novel instructional models that emphasizes the role of argumentation and inquiry in science education equally. This is an exploratory study where five ADI lab activities take…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Inquiry
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Cipolla, Laura; Ferrari, Lia A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
A hands-on approach to introduce the chemical elements and the atomic structure to elementary/middle school students is described. The proposed classroom activity presents Bohr models of atoms using common and inexpensive materials, such as nested plastic balls, colored modeling clay, and small-sized pasta (or small plastic beads).
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Models, Science Materials, Hands on Science
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Woelk, Klaus – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
In a classroom or take-home activity, students are challenged to write their name as a combination of chemical-element symbols and calculate "their" molar mass. Age-appropriate versions ranging from middle school to entry-level college classes are discussed. Acceptable molar-mass suggestions may be used in a competition for the heaviest…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
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Hudson, Reuben; Glaisher, Samuel; Bishop, Alexandra; Katz, Jeffrey L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
A multiple day activity for students to create large-scale plastic objects from the biopolymer chitin (major component of lobster, crab, and shrimp shells) is described. The plastic objects created are durable and made from benign materials, making them suitable for students to take home to play with. Since the student-created plastic objects are…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Biotechnology, Science Materials, Introductory Courses
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Kuntzleman, Thomas S.; Ford, Nathan; No, Jin-Hwan; Ott, Mark E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Everyone enjoys seeing the cloudy white fog generated when solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) is placed in water. Have you ever wondered what physical and chemical processes occur to produce this fog? When asked this question, many chemical educators suggest that the fog is produced when atmospheric water vapor condenses on cold carbon dioxide gas…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Science Experiments, Middle Schools
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Stuckey, Marc; Eilks, Ingo – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
This paper discusses a set of easy, hands-on experiments that inquire into and differentiate among tattoo inks of varying quality. A classroom scenario is described for integrating these experiments into secondary school chemistry classes. Initial experiences from the classroom are also presented.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Hands on Science, High Schools
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Davis, T. A.; Athey, S. L.; Vandevender, M. L.; Crihfield, C. L.; Kolanko, C. C. E.; Shao, S.; Ellington, M. C. G.; Dicks, J. K.; Carver, J. S.; Holland, L. A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
This activity allows students to visualize the electrolysis of water in a microfluidic device in under 1 min. Instructional materials are provided to demonstrate how the activity meets West Virginia content standards and objectives. Electrolysis of water is a standard chemistry experiment, but the typical laboratory apparatus (e.g., Hoffman cell)…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Science Laboratories, Chemistry
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Banks, Gregory; Clinchot, Michael; Cullipher, Steven; Huie, Robert; Lambertz, Jennifer; Lewis, Rebecca; Ngai, Courtney; Sevian, Hannah; Szteinberg, Gabriela; Talanquer, Vicente; Weinrich, Melissa – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Making decisions about the production and use of chemical substances is of central importance in many fields. In this study, a research team comprising teachers and educational researchers collaborated in collecting and analyzing cognitive interviews with students from 8th grade through first-year university general chemistry in an effort to map…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Problem Solving
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Levine, Mindy; Serio, Nicole; Radaram, Bhasker; Chaudhuri, Sauradip; Talbert, William – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
There continues to be a persistent, widespread gender gap in multiple STEM disciplines at all educational and professional levels: from the self-reported interest of preschool aged students in scientific exploration to the percentages of tenured faculty in these disciplines, more men than women express an interest in science, a confidence in their…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Gender Differences, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Franco-Mariscal, Antonio Joaquín – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
This paper presents a project about the chemical elements made by 15-year-old Spanish high school students of Chemistry. It focuses on context-based teaching combined with the advantages of creating a large mural which subsequently is exposed in the school. The project consisted of researching the chemical elements in the different materials that…
Descriptors: Context Effect, High School Students, Science Materials, Structural Analysis (Science)
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