I have been working on involving more open ended questioning in my classes – how can I better incorportate the ideas of inquiry and sustained inquiry in my teaching? The following is the re-working of a lab on the isomers of Butanol. By making this lab into more of a thought experiement students are more engaged in communicating their ideas and predictions – and we have less chemical waste too. I am playing with the ideas of argumentation and exploration. I use whiteboarding quite a bit for this process as students seems much more willing to write something down if they feel they can easily change it or erase it.
During this inquiry-based unit, students will learn that the pure substances and mixtures that we use, both as individuals and as industries, have discoverable properties that are explained using the... read more
What is this? This tool shows teachers how to use an arduino as a cheap safe 0-5V power supply for electricity experiments. How do I use this? Link to tech tool how to OR STAO connection to the... read more
The safety air bag system in an automobile uses chemical reactions in order to function. When a collision occurs, a sensor indicates that the car's momentum has changed and this triggers a series of... read more