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ERIC Number: EJ837588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
Interview: Bryce Hach--High School Chemistry Teaching Gets a Boost
Carr, Kate
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v46 n2 p38-40 Sum 2009
Science education reached the headlines of the local newspaper: "Foundation donates $33M! American Chemical Society gets support for chemistry teaching." This windfall came from the Hach Scientific Foundation in Fort Collins, Colorado. The $33 million will go to continue three programs initiated by the Hach Scientific Foundation. One program will provide scholarships for undergraduate chemistry majors interested in teaching chemistry at the kindergarten through high school levels. A second set of scholarships will go to chemists who already have a degree and would like to get a teaching certificate. Finally, outreach grants will help support high school chemistry teachers who need equipment or want further training. This article provides the transcript of an interview with Bryce Hach, who was formerly the executive director of the Hach Scientific Foundation and now a senior education consultant with the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. The Hach Scientific Foundation began as an offshoot of the Hach Company, which was started by Clifford and Kitty Hach, Bryce's grandparents, in 1947. Bryce's passion for supporting science education dates to his years in the Teach for America program in Marks, Mississippi. Bryce points out that expecting chemistry teachers to shift their whole teaching technique after only one to three days of workshops is probably overly optimistic. The foundation has therefore arranged for teachers to attend Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) workshops in northern Colorado for 10 days a year for three years, starting in June 2008. Programs such as POGIL's aid not only in recruiting but also in retaining chemistry teachers. Most chemistry teachers work outside the professional scientific community, and contact with other chemists is enormously rewarding for them. Good chemistry teachers must have a deep interest in and understanding of science and also relate well to people. Scientists working in a lab may dearly love their experiments but be unable to communicate this love to students. Bryce points out that people need to be able to recruit and retain high-quality individuals who are both scientists and artists in communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Kindergarten; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado