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ERIC Number: EJ906190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
Bend It, Stretch It, Hammer It, Break It: Materials Chemistry Applied
Neff, Grace A.; Retsek, Jennifer; Berber-Jimenez, Lola; Barber, Nicole; Coles, Monica; Fintikakis, Christina; Huigens, Brent
Science Educator, v19 n2 p48-55 Fall 2010
Making chemistry both accessible and interesting to middle and high school students can be difficult. Convincing middle and high school teachers that they will learn something new and applicable from a professional development workshop in chemistry can be equally challenging. This paper describes the use of material science as a means to enhance interest in basic chemical concepts. By making use of familiar materials, it seeks to reveal the applicability of chemistry to everyday life. Metals, semiconductors, and polymers were the materials at the heart of this course for secondary level teachers. Properties of these materials were investigated in hands-on activities and firmly connected to the bonding type and structure in each material through interactive discussion. The course itself will be described, and a few of the activities will be highlighted. Teachers' responses to daily surveys and final evaluations will also be discussed, and future directions will be addressed. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A