Connections to Chemistry
Connections to Chemistry
Each year in October, The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) and the Education Committee of the Northeastern Section invite high school chemistry teachers to a program at Burlington High School (Burlington, MA).
2015 Connections to Chemistry

This program is intended to help connect high school teachers with the numerous education resources that are available from the American Chemical Society.

 
   

REPORT: Connections to Chemistry 2014
by Marietta Schwartz
The Fifteenth Annual Connections to Chemistry program took place at Burlington High School (Burlington, MA) on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014. The program is aimed at connecting high school chemistry teachers with the educational resources of the American Chemical Society. Each registrant participated in two of four different workshops which included a National Chemistry Week themed workshop on “Determining Total Acid Content in Sour Candies” (given by Dr. Teresa Marx and Dr. Christine Jaworek-Lopes, Emmanuel College), a presentation on “Size, Scale, and Quantity in Chemistry: How Small Things Make Big Problems” (given by Prof Wesley Bernskoetter of Brown's Chemistry Dept and the Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2 (C4)), a workshop on “Modeling in the NGSS as a Core Scientific Practice at the Heart of a new Foundational Science Course” (offered by Daniel Damelin of The Concord Consortium) and a workshop on “Scaffolding Inquiry in Spectrophotometry” (given by Valerie Lechtanski and Jennifer Smith, Hopkinton High School). Fifty registrants attended.
The participants were welcomed by Marietta Schwartz, Connections Program Chair and Chair of the NESACS Education Committee. Ruth Tanner, Past Chair of NESACS and of the Education Committee, discussed the newly created American Association of Chemistry Teachers.
Following the workshops and dinner (highlighted by the traditional baked apples with caramel sauce), the keynote address was given by Morgan Pilkenton from Living Proof, Inc. His talk, entitled “The Chemistry of Beautiful Science” gave an overview of the chemistry behind the beauty industry, following the development of a shampoo from conception to shelf and all the steps along the way. His address was followed by the traditional raffle of American Chemical Society items, augmented to the delight of the audience by “goodie bags” from Living Proof.
All of the participants received a one year’s subscription to ChemMatters, an award–winning magazine for high school chemistry, published by the ACS. Participants also received copies of the Journal of Chemical Education, Chemical & Engineering News, and The Nucleus.

RESOURCES
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Connections to Chemistry 2013
 
The resources listed below have been made available for download by the Keynote Speaker

Keynote Presentation - Energy Now & Forever [.pptx]
Workshop - Science of Climate in the Classroom [.pptx]
Ideas for Classroom Use - Climate Science Activities in the Chemistry Classroom [.pptx]
 
Jerry A. Bell
 
Jerry A. Bell is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison where he works with the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL). He taught at the University of California-Riverside (1962-67) and Simmons College (1967-93; awarded Emeritus status 2010), before joining the American Association for the Advancement of Science as Director for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Programs in the Education and Human Resources Directorate (1992-99) and then the American Chemical Society (ACS) as Senior Scientist in the Education Division (1999-2009).
He was Chief Editor for the ACS textbook, Chemistry. During 1984-86 he served as Director of the Division of Teacher Preparation and Enhancement in the Directorate for Science and Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation. His major professional interest has been science (chemical) education at all levels, especially the use of hands-on approaches to teaching and learning. He has been on the instructional staff and/or directed workshops and institutes for science teachers at all levels and continues to enjoy these activities. He Chairs the ACS Presidential Climate Science Working Group that developed the ACS Climate Science Toolkit, www.acs.org/climatescience.

Report
Connections to Chemistry 2013
The Fourteenth Annual Connections to Chemistry program took place at Burlington High School (Burlington, MA) on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013. The program is aimed at connecting high school chemistry teachers with the educational resources of the American Chemical Society. Each registrant participated in two of four different workshops which included a National Chemistry Week themed workshop on “Artificial Photosynthesis: A Workshop on Solar Cell Design” (given by Dr. Jonathan Rochford, UMass Boston), a presentation on “Hands-on Climate Change Science for Your Classroom” (given by Dr. Jerry A. Bell from the American Chemical Society), another National Chemistry Week themed workshop on “Electric Vehicle Powered by Renewable Energy” (offered by Dr. Deyang Qu, UMass Boston) and a workshop on “Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Recent Lab Practicals from the US National Chemistry Olympiad” (given by Mr. Steven Lantos, Brookline High School). Thirty-five registrants attended.
The participants were welcomed by Marietta Schwartz, Connections Program Chair and Chair of the NESACS Education Committee..
Following the workshops and dinner (highlighted by the traditional baked apples with caramel sauce), the keynote address was given by Dr. Bell. His talk, entitled “Energy: Now and Forever?” gave an overview of the ACS Climate Toolkit and the basics of global climate change, why we should be informed on it, and what we can do to make sure that there is, in fact, a “Forever”. His address was followed by the traditional raffle of American Chemical Society items.
All of the participants received a one year’s subscription to ChemMatters, an award–winning magazine for high school chemistry, published by the ACS. Participants also received copies of the Journal of Chemical Education, Chemical & Engineering News, and The Nucleus.
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Connections to Chemistry News and Information
Connections to Chemistry – Ten Years and Going Strong! (by M.Z. Hoffman, R. Tanner and M. Schwartz)