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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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Dyer, Robert M. B.; Venton, B. Jill; Maeng, Jennifer L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
University of Virginia, like many other universities, has developed a chemistry outreach program (called Chemistry Learning through Experimentation, Awareness, and Demonstration; i.e., Chemistry LEAD) that visits K-5 schools and teaches inquiry-based chemistry lessons in order to engage local students with science. Chemistry LEAD is graduate…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Outreach Programs, Elementary School Science, Inquiry
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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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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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Sharpe, Erica; Andreescu, Silvana – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
We describe a laboratory experiment that employs the Nanoceria Reducing Antioxidant Capacity (or NanoCerac) Assay to introduce students to portable nanoparticle-based paper sensors for rapid analysis and field detection of polyphenol antioxidants. The experiment gives students a hands-on opportunity to utilize nanoparticle chemistry to develop…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments, Science Experiments
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Morais, Carla – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The dissemination of chemistry has been experienced as a difficult task, largely because of the negative image that the public has of this science, but also because of its inherent complexity and its own semantics and symbolism. Science centers, as informal learning environments, can contribute to a more effective dissemination of chemistry to an…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Story Telling, Chemistry, Science Activities
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Goeden, Terrah J.; Kurtz, Martha J.; Quitadamo, Ian J.; Thomas, Carin – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
In the Community-Based Inquiry (CBI) instructional method, cooperative student groups complete case study activities based on scientific literature and conduct their own laboratory investigations that address authentic community needs. This study compared critical thinking and content knowledge outcomes between traditional Introduction to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Cooperative Learning, Case Studies