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NEACT members benefit from access to a wide variety of sessions, including many opportunities for professional development. If you are not a member and wish to attend one of our events, join us now and enjoy all the benefits NEACT has to offer.
Come and explore the amazing free resource called “Engineering Tomorrow” As NGSS is requiring us to incorporate more engineering standards in our curriculum, this provides excellent on-line and physical resources. In this division meeting we will share resources and strategies that science teachers can use to empower the next generation through virtual labs, impactful projects and inspiring mentorship. This will be offered both on-line and in person. Free kits will be provided for all physical attendees and we will work with an engineer and a chemistry teacher who has used these resources in her classes. Virtual attendees can obtain a free kit by attending the session.
ChemChats are monthly open roundtable discussions on Zoom facilitated by NEACT. ChemChats are aimed at high school and college chemistry teachers but are open to all STEM teachers. Come to share ideas, come to ask questions, or just come for the collegiality.
Our topic for this afternoon is "Solutions, Acids and Bases". What are your must-have, non-negotiable concepts and problem-solving skills? Do you have a great lab, demo, POGIL or other lesson that really gets this content across or applies it to real-world situations? How about optional activities for enrichment? Shared work can be put in this google folder.
ChemChats are hosted by Sue Klemmer. Sue is ZOOMING from the coast of Maine, so times are always stated as east coast time (even though ME should technically be on Maritime time!) We run 4:00-5:00 pm EST.
The next ChemChat after this one will be Thursday March 9th. That chat's topic will be finalized during the February ChemChat.
Help Teaching Chemistry -- from Cognitive Science
Do you teach a course (including Honors HS, AP, or college general chemistry) aimed at helping students prepare for college STEM majors?
Scientists who study how the brain works have recently made surprising discoveries about ways students most easily learn to solve calculations in the sciences. Based on those findings, they recommend specific problem-solving strategies that have proven to improve success in challenging college first-year chemistry and science courses that follow. This interactive workshop will include both the theory – working memory limits and how to work around them – and easy and practical tips to help solve calculations ranging from simple conversions to stoichiometry, gas laws, buffers, and kinetics. Join in the fun of applying cognitive science to improve student success!
Presenter Eric (Rick) Nelson is a career chemistry instructor, host of the popular ChemReview blog, and recent co-author of the paper “Improving student success in chemistry through cognitive science,” accessed by instructors in the past year over 10,000 times (and available at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10698-022-09427-w
Save the date!
NEACT is pleased to announce that the 2023 Summer Conference will be held IN PERSON at Fitchburg State University on August 1-2, 2023.
This year's theme is "Engaging Chemistry: Hands on, minds on!"
Consider presenting at the 2023 NEACT Summer Conference. We are accepting proposals on any aspect of chemistry education. Share your insights and experiences with chemistry teachers from across the country.
Submit your proposal here