June 2016 ChemEd X Newsletter

Chemical Education Xchange


Dear Readers,

Many states have now adopted the Next Generation Science Standards or a modified version that is still built around Big Ideas and Making Connections. Many in our community are revising curriculums and searching for resources. ChemEd X has published a Call for Contributions to encourage conversation and collaboration among all stake-holders. Please share this call with your networks to help us provide valuable support to our chemistry education community.




ChemEd X is interested in learning about the progress teachers have made, experiences that teachers have had, areas that are causing difficulty and more as they transition to this new organization. For this reason, we are initiating our first content specific Call for Contributions centered around the concept of “Big Ideas and Making Connections”.

Accepting contributions through July 18, 2016.



Erica Jacobsen shares highlights from the June 2016 issue of JCE that are of special interest to high school teachers. This month, she discusses two activities that use familar items to construct models. If you would like to explore the whole issue in more depth, check out


Dan Meyer's shares his experience using concept mapping for review with his chemistry students.


A Twitter conversation between lead contributor, Lowell Thomson, and a reader following Lowell's led to this submission. Read how Dena Leggett has expanded her use of BCA tables past basic stoichiometry problems.


This activity can be used in preparation for the AP exam or you may wish to use it after the exam as an extra challenge before the end of the year.


This is not the same old crushed can demo that you have seen before. After you consider the mystery for yourself, you can


You can still register for BCCE! BCCE 2016 will be held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. The conference will take place July 31through August 4, 2016. High school teachers can register at a discounted rate.


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