Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: 481W Chemistry Building, Michigan State University Campus
We would like to encourage attendees to bring copies of their favorite lab and lesson ideas for sharing among group members.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend the meetings. If you know of any teachers who might enjoy being a part of this group, please pass on the information to them.
Contact Kathy Severin if you'd like to be added to our teacher e-mail list and/or the group list-serv.
2010 - 2011 Meetings
|September 13, 2010||
|October 18, 2010||
Topic: "Chemical Safety in the Teaching Laboratory"
Speaker: Mr. Bob Ceru of the MSU Office of Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Safety (ORCBS).
|November 7, 2010||
Topic: "A Reappraisal of the Red Blood Cell in vivo: More Than Just Oxygen Delivery"
Speaker: MSU Chemistry Professor Dana Spence
Abstract: One of early facts of physiology often learned by students describes the erythrocyte, or red blood cell (RBC), as a deliverer of oxygen to organs and tissue. In addition to this task, it has also become clear that the RBC is a participant of other events in the circulation. For example, multiple mechanisms have been reported describing the ability of the RBC to participate in vessel dilation through the release of nitric oxide (NO) and subsequent relaxation of the surrounding smooth muscle tissue. There are also reports that the RBC has the ability to release ATP, which can participate in purinergic receptor signaling on the endothelium and stimulate the production of NO in these cells. In this presentation, data will be provided that strongly suggests that the RBC has the ability to release both NO and ATP under various conditions. Moreover, by employing biotechnological tools based on microfluidics, our group has also been able to differentiate the possible roles of the RBC-derived NO and RBC-derived ATP. An improved understanding of RBC-derived ATP is beginning to clarify the importance of ATP release modulators. Therefore, examples of how adverse physiological environments (e.g., hyperglycemia in diabetes and in banked blood), lack of molecules (e.g., C-peptide in type 1 diabetes), or addition of therapeutic agents (e.g., hydroxyurea for people with sickle cell disease) affect RBC-derived ATP and subsequent downstream signaling, will be discussed.
|January 10, 2011||
Topic: "The Science of Solar Energy Conversion: An Inorganic Chemist in Exxon Mobil's Court"
Speaker: MSU Chemistry Professor Jim McCusker
Talk materials: Powerpoint slides
|February 14, 2011||
Topic: Dipole Moments and Intermolecular Forces
Chemistry teacher Dan Kohler (Haslett High School) shared an Intermolecular Forces Lab that he's used successfully with his students.
|March 15, 2011||
Topic: Chemical Kinetics
Paul Hunter (MSU) presented a number of chemical demonstrations, many of which illustrated kinetic principles. Chemistry Teacher Marsha Crawford (Perry High School) shared a Pogil she had created that teaches about different types of bonding.
|April 11, 2011||
Topic: Acid-base Chemistry
Chemistry teachers Bill Struck (Williamston High School), Will Paddock (East Lansing High School), and Mark Barrera (Sexton High School) shared acid-base lab experiments and teaching materials with the group.
|May 2, 2011||
Topic: "Radiation, Radioactivity, What's the Difference and How do they relate to Nuclear Power?"
Speaker: MSU Chemistry Professor David Morrissey
This was presented as part of the local section Scientific Cafe series at Dusty's Cellar.
2009 - 2010 Meetings
|October 5, 2009||
Our guest speaker, Prof. Vanessa McCaffrey from Albion College presented "Hold the Fat Please!" She discussed the chemical structure of fats, including trans fats and saturated fats and described a laboratory experiment for extracting fats from foods.
|November 2, 2009||
Bill Struck, Williamston High School chemistry teacher presented An Approach to Stoichiometry - a method he developed for teaching stoichiometry using "Bill's Box".
Rich Lund, St. Johns High School chemistry teacher showed a demonstration in which silver crystals were rapidly grown on a microscope slide when drops of a silver nitrate solution were placed in contact with a copper ribbon. The dramatic reaction was carried out under a microscope and projected onto a screen. He also show us an explosive Halloween demonstration that he posted on YouTube.
|December 7, 2009||
Bruce Bright, Dewitt High School chemistry teacher, presented his gas laws activities. The activities are a way of having students collect data and then interpret it in terms of the general mathematical characteristics of inverse and direct proportional relationships, leading to the realization that absolute pressures and temperatures are needed when working with the gas laws.
Bill Struck, Williamston High School chemistry teacher, shared a simple lab that is an analogy to Rutherford’s gold foil experiment. It involves using marble launchers firing “alpha particles” at an unseen target to analyze what’s inside. The lab is quick, simple, cheap, enjoyable for students & helps them remember the concepts.
|January 11, 2010||
Topic: Nuclear Chemistry
Dr. Zachary Constan, Outreach Coordinator at the National Superconducting Cyclotron (NSCL) will present a lesson that involves using magnetic marbles to learn: (1) how to name an element and isotope, (2) the nature of radioactive decay, (3) measurable aspects of the nucleus, and (4) types of nuclear reactions. If there's time, we'll play "The Nucleosynthesis Game" and try our hand at the production of rare isotopes nuclear acceleration and fragmentation (in other words, smashing marbles).
Nuclear Science Teacher Resources: Learning Nuclear Science with Marbles
|February 1, 2010||Topic: Kinetics|
|March 1, 2010||
Topic: Strategies for Helping Stuggling Students
|April 5, 2010||No meeting - springbreak!|
|May 3, 2010||Topic: Open|
2008 - 2009 Meetings
November 3, 2008 & December 8, 2008
How can the MSU Local Section best support area chemistry teachers? Report
|January 12, 2009||Alignment of Chemistry in the Community courses with the new Michigan Chemistry High School Content Expectations|
|February 9, 2009||Bruce Bright of DeWitt Schools will present the electrolysis of water at two distinctly different levels of understanding, and relate these to the HSCE's for Chemistry. Bruce's PowerPoint presentation Hoffman Apparatus|
|March 16, 2009 (3rd Monday!)||(1) Mark
Barrera of Sexton High School is planning to bring his i-clickers and will
give an overview of POGIL and LON-CAPA. He will center all the examples
around kinetic molecular theory for liquids and solids. Mark's PowerPoint presentation.
(2) Rich Lund from St. Johns High School will be demonstrating the magnetic properties of oxygen gas. What's that you say? You thought only iron and a few other metals were magnetic? Think again! If you've never seen this one before, you'll be amazed to witness pale blue liquid oxygen crawling up the side of a test tube in response to a magnetic field! Shortly there after, witness first hand some of the coldest combustion on earth as the liquid oxygen (-180°C) burns wood splints in fierce yet chilly flame!
This demonstration is a must have for A.P. Chemistry teachers for it is a crowd pleaser, and it also covers a plethora of A.P. Chemistry topics, including: Stoichiometry, Decomposition, Kinetics (both catalysts and concentrations affecting reaction rates), Gas Laws, Molecular Orbitals, Paramagnetism vs. Diamagnetism, Concentrations, Phase Changes, Exothermic Vs. Endothermic, and many more."
(3) Dan Kohler and intern Jessica Haggerty from Haslett High School have developed a demo log to give more focus to demos, and Dan has also developed some worksheets around the PhET Interactive Simulations. They’ll share these at the meeting. Guidelines for Writing Scientific Conclusions.
(4) Paul Hunter will have a demo, too.
|April 13, 2009||
Ruth Smith, forensic chemistry professor will provide information about chemistry experiments that have forensic science implications.
On Monday, November 3, 2008 a new teachers support group was launched by local section Chair Gavin Reid. In addition to Dr. Reid, the meeting was attended by ten chemistry teachers from area schools (Sexton, East Lansing, Okemos, St. Johns, Williamston, DeWitt, and Perry High Schools and Mount Hope Elementary School), and Drs. Kathy Severin and Paul Hunter. The purpose of this first meeting was to determine how the local section could best serve the needs of the teachers.
As a result it was determined that a regular monthly meeting would provide a venue for teacher networking and promote idea and resource sharing. In addition, MSU chemistry department resources could be made available to the teachers. Example resources: Spec 20s (since the meeting they've already been lent out to two of the high schools!), the undergraduate instrumentation laboratory (Sexton High School students have already visited - see), and faculty members to answer technical questions that the teachers may have.
Anticipated activities at the meetings include: Topical Discussions, Practice Sharing, Demonstrations, Laboratory and Benchmark Assignment Development, Standards Based Curriculum, Assessment Tools, Use of Technology in Instruction, Guest Speakers, Workshops and Continuing Education opportunities. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their favorite lab experiments, demonstrations, and lesson ideas to share among group members.
The second meeting occurred
on Monday, December 8, 2008 and the teachers discussed aligning their Chemistry
in the Community courses with the new Michigan Chemistry
High School Content Expectations. Teachers felt that it would
be extremely valuable to share their curriculum development ideas with
each other rather than have each school go through this process independently.
It was decided that that would be the focus of the January 12th meeting.
Also discussed was the use of LON-CAPA
for chemistry homework assignments, and it was agreed that this would also
be a good topic for a meeting (tentatively - the February meeting).
Sharing of web resources was also mentioned, and a request for links to
teachers' favorite web resources will be included in the next meeting announcement.
They will be compiled on the Chemistry
Teacher Web Resources page at the local section website. Finally,
two teachers: Bill Struck from Williamston High School and Will Paddock
from East Lansing High School each shared a chemical demonstration with