This workshop introduces the chemistry of the environment.
It addresses selected topics such as water quality and purification,
recycling, and the hole in the ozone layer. Students are
naturally drawn to these topics and studying them in chemistry
helps them understand important issues in the world around
them. In this program, teachers create classroom environments
that help students to learn.
"Kids naturally gravitate to this topic,
so we usually pick a few labs during the course of first
year chemistry and have them either go out to get and analyze
samples, or have discussions on these topics and come up
with their interest in acid rain. When they get into acid-base
chemistry, we talk about the misconceptions that they have
. . . So these topics are really easy to get into, almost
any unit that you do in chemistry. The kids actually come
up with these questions, and if they dont, you make
sure that they have them."
Thomas Edison High School, Virginia
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