P11: Impact of art and technology in chemistry laboratories at Anderson University
Two cCWCS workshops: Chemistry in Art, Millersville University, 2009, by Patricia S. Hill, and Implementing iPads in the Chemistry Curriculum, Georgia State University, 2013, by J. C. Smith, and our school’s Mobile Learning Initiative (MLI), created synergy which has no parallel in science education at Anderson University. We adopted several lab exercises from the workshops, for example a lab on synthesis of organic dyes, electrochemistry, oxidizing metals, anodizing reactive metals, and on making frescos and glass fusion. We modified some of these to be used not only in Chemistry in Arts class, but also in the labs for Chemistry for non-science majors, and General and Organic Chemistry. We took advantage of the fact that all our students own iPads and in one project, which spans across the chemistry curriculum, students are using their iPads to create an image containing information about each element which will then be transferred to a glass tile. The resulting tiles will be used to construct a periodic table permanently displayed in the science hall. Finally, we will report our progress on adopting Vernier data logger technology and Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) in upper level courses, which idea was generated during the conversation with the colleagues at the workshops. We will describe the benefits and challenges in using ELNs and going paperless in the labs.