Cooking is a true experience in chemistry. One of the many resources from the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
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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An interactive guide to all 118 elements – and designed to work on all sizes of screens from desktops to phones.
Swipe and tap your way across the table for quick stats on each element.Clicking the "More" button provides detailed additional information and a graphical representation of each element's electron configuration.
Something not included in most Periodic Tables are options to show each element's melting point, state of matter, abundance, atomic radius and more.
The Atoms Family
The Atoms Family is a song about atoms based on the Adams Family theme song. It's a fun way to focus younger student's interest. You can find different sing along versions on YouTube.
This version was done by the Bill Clark family to help their daughter, Molly, score school extra credit. It shows the song being sung and provides ideas for props and visual gags.
The lyrics and a companion lesson plan can be found in The Science Spot Chemistry Lesson Plans resource on this page.
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An index of lesson plans, including many for younger students.
Topics include: The Atoms Family (see the video on this page), the Christmas Cookie Mystery, Element Trading Cards, Balancing Act - Balancing Equations, Playing with Polymers, and Messing With Mixtures (mixtures, colloids, and solutions).
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 challenge is to design a distinctive, carefully considered smell or fragrance.
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.
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.
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.
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 Science History Institute has a great resource site with everything from artifacts, photographs, advertisements, letters, rare books, oral histories, and more. Check out the section on Alchemy.
The Science History Institute has created role-playing games designed to enhance the classroom experience for high school chemistry students and teachers. The games can also be implemented in social studies classes or as a crossdisciplinary project. Your students can explore the issues of plastics and rare earth elements.
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.
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".