June 2019 Xchange

Dear Readers,

Chemical Education Xchange (ChemEd X) was introduced December 2012—our was published in the Journal of Chemical Education. Though our primary focus has been to support high school chemistry teachers, we know that many of our readers are teaching at other levels of education and in a variety of situations. In an effort to better serve our growing community, we have a plan in place to broaden the scope of ChemEd X to two-year college teachers. The first step in this vision is bringing on Scott Donnelly, a professor at Arizona Western College, as the Two Year College Editor (TYC). In Scott's , he introduces himself and offers his educational philosophy. Look for an official rollout of the Two Year College component of ChemEd X over the coming months. I am looking forward to hearing from, learning from and collaborating with the TYC community.




In honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table: A familiarity with the chemistry of some of the elements more commonly encountered in everyday life is a valuable learning experience for all students. Sulfur is the fourth in this series of elements to be discussed as part of the Element of the Month.



 - A Book Review Project

The author shares how she developed a book review project for her AP students with the help of the ChemTwitter community.


Like most concepts in chemistry, intermolecular forces takes a bit of imagination and critical thinking to fully comprehend and apply when explaining a variety of situations. The author introduced IMFs this year by focusing on a more data-to-concepts approach.


Watch the video below and see if you can use your chemical knowledge to figure out how this experiment is done.

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Determination of Lewis Dot structures and visualization of the shapes of molecules using VSEPR theory is an example of an abstract concept that students often find difficult to learn. The author uses a single worksheet/packet that her students can add to as they cover Lewis dot structures, resonance, VSEPR shapes, polarity, and intermolecular forces.


Lawrence Technological University’s Marburger STEM Center recently collaborated with students enrolled in the Media Communications Program to develop a new 30-min student film,Women Untold, which celebrates the important contributions of three women of color in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).


Watch the video and see if you can figure out how red, white, and blue colors can all be made from the same chemical solution!

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ChemEd 2019 will take place in Naperville, IL at North Central College. The conference is scheduled for July 21 through July 25, 2019. ChemEd X will be there with a booth in the exhibit hall. Many of our lead contributors will be presenting at the conference as well. 


The June 2019 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Be sure to check out Mary Saecker’s round-up of the whole June issue along with related articles from the archives.

Erica Jacobsen shares highlights from the June 2019 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education of special interest to our ChemEd X community in her  column.


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