In former decades teachers were reluctant to commit to a multi-disciplinary approach to concept learning, because the students might raise questions beyond their expertise. These resources provide tools for multi-disciplinary learning, relating chemistry to "the rest of the world".
Cooking is a true experience in chemistry.
Accidental Discoveries That Changed The World
Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Sometimes they came from recognizing potential in an unexpected product or waste. Other times, discovery came out of pure desperation from a seemingly dead-end experiment. Here are some of those happy chemistry accidents that ended up changing the world.
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Like most high school chemistry teachers, you have probably inherited someone else's laboratory and prep room – and be promptly overwhelmed. What does that label say? Should I even have that compound in my room? How do I get rid of this solvent? Is storing chemicals in alphabetical order a good idea? (No!)
Jennifer Panther Bishoff relates how she got her lab cleaned and organized, even with a full plate of teaching, planning, and grading. She identifies and breaks down the most important tasks into efficient, doable steps.
The Molecularium Project has created a number of ground breaking projects to encourage exploration and understanding of the molecular nature of the world around them.
- NanoSpace is a web-based, virtual theme park. Explore the world of atoms and molecules with games, activities and short animations in a fun amusement park and learning environment. Learn why superballs bounce and ceramics don't.
- Molecularium - Riding Snowflakes was a film designed for planetarium domes. Look for the Kids Site section with on-line activities.
- Molecules to the MAX! is the 3D IMAX Adventure available on DVD & Blue-Ray. Join Oxy and her crew of the Molecularium ship to boldly go where only atoms have gone before! Appropriate for younger students.
The challenge is to design a distinctive, carefully considered smell or fragrance.
Chemistry Internet Resources at Canby is a good jumpstation for a comprehensive set of links and resources for chemistry teachers. Journals, special topics (e.g.organic, biotech, etc.), activities and, of course, different forms of the periodic table can be found here.
There is a lot of chemistry behind cleaning. This page provides a wide variety of links starting with basic chemistry terminology and principles, them moving on to the science of cleaning products. Suggested by one of our visitors, this site would be appropriate for High School students.
Rolf Claessen's Chemistry Index hosts a vast repository of journals and databases, some of which are multilingual. It includes new toolkits, such as a GIF construction set for dis- and re-assembling molecules.
This to That is a clever but limited site; it allows users to select a material, such as wood or leather, and place it on another material. This to That identifies the glue or fixadent.
The American Chemical Society provides a wide range of resources for educators and students, including Adventures in Chemistry for younger students, and a club, magazine & Olympiad for high schoolers.
The American Chemistry Council, a lobby group, concentrates on related issues, such as dioxin and water quality. The soundness of the site offsets its political origins.
What Stuff offers the chemical composition of lipstick, tanning potions,cheese whiz, baseballs, chocolate--all intended to motivate students.
The Periodic Table of Comic Book teaches about the elements via comic characters, such as Superman and Metamorpho. Created by two professors at the University of Kentucky, John Selegue and F. James Holler.
The Atoms Family, part of Miami Science Museum, consists of many game-like simulations to help with understanding the actions of atoms in physics, mechanics, and biology as well as chemistry.
Polymers are made up of many many molecules strung together to form really long chains. They can be solid, squishy, sticky, bendable, or anything else you can think of. Because just about everything that we see and use every day is made up of natural or synthetic (man-made) polymers, it’s important to know how they are created, how they can be used, and how they affect our lives. Thus, this site.
The Chemical Heritage Foundation has a great resource site with everything from first-person accounts to historical documents to chemistry's relationship to public and environmental health.
Includes topics like Priestley and Soda Pop, Electrons and Light, and Build Your Own Molecule.
Environmental Inquiry tackles toxicology and biodegradation clearly for students.
The article in EDUTOPIA describes choreographical designs for understanding concepts in chemistry like valence.
ChemTeam, a site created for high school students, includes tutorials and worksheets (e.g., atomic structure) and, almost best of all, humor and history.
Virtual Chemistry is a version of a virtual chemistry lab.
Its topics, such as super-conductors, have not been included in other sites.
Information on the topic of polymers (like "Why does shrink wrap plastic shrink?") can be found at the Polymer Science Learning Center site.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Astronomy Near and Far
• Interactive Sites for Parents and Kids
• Simulation & Modeling Tools
• Benchmarks for Science Literacy - Project 2061
• On-Line Collections and Research Guides
• Education Resources