Chemists mix it up in Naperville

Posted on December 8, 2011


Think back to your own chemistry class, and you likely remember the demonstrations the best. (Litmus paper, anyone?)

North Central College and ChemWest (a nonprofit networking group for chemistry teachers) are brewing new ideas for area classrooms. They’ll use a Tellabs Foundation grant to do more with demos.

Demos are fun, but it takes time to develop them. Especially if you’re a new chemistry teacher that has a degree in biology. Even teachers with 20+ years of experience are looking for fresh ideas.

And demos can be expensive. Many teachers need a little help paying for equipment and supplies.

Together, North Central and ChemWest will offer programs for teachers to learn new demos, made for the classroom.

With “make and take packages” teachers will have everything they need to repeat the exercise in the classroom. A mini-grants program will help bring demos to schools that have the greatest financial need.

Pre-service teachers will also have the chance to get involved by attending events that feature inspiring speakers. Or participating in “greatest hits” workshops that share some of the most successful demos from previous years.

Kudos to North Central and ChemWest for generating so many new, hands-on ideas for classrooms. They expect these programs will benefit 10,000 students.

You can read more in a North Central College news release.