P992: ACS-Science Coaches: An effective avenue for encouraging scientific research in the high school setting

Author: John Frost, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA

Co-Author: Jenn Nass-Fukai, Overland High School, USA; Joy Pitzer, Lakeland Union High School, USA

Date: 8/7/14

Time: 9:55 AM10:15 AM

Room: MAK A1117

Related Symposium: S70

The American Chemical Society-Science Coaches Program offers a unique opportunity for community chemists to provide authentic research opportunities to students at an early age. The positive impacts on students and schools observed at two different high schools during and after ACS-Science coach directed research was conducted by students. The observed time management, curriculum integration, and financial challenges of conducting research at the high school level will be introduced and potential solutions discussed. Lastly, the contributions made to the scientific community by these students and the current state of these research programs will be reviewed.

P555: Applications of benchtop NMR in the undergraduate curriculum

Author: Katherine Paulsen, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA

Co-Author: John Frost, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 4:20 PM4:40 PM

Room: ASH 2302

Related Symposium: S23

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy is arguably the most important analytical tool in the modern organic chemistry laboratory yet most students never receive hands-on experience with NMR due to the fragility, complexity, and high cost of these instruments. However, the recent development of simple, durable, and relatively inexpensive high performance permanent magnet systems have made providing students with hands on NMR experience possible for most institutions. We will show the importance of providing students hands on experience with NMR and introduce several example activities that can be conducted with this type of instrumentation within the general and organic chemistry curriculum. A quantitation of simple distillation products, and the monitoring of a Fischer esterification reaction will be introduced and discussed.

P489: Improving understanding of basic quantum mechanics in the general chemistry curriculum using benchtop NMR

Author: John Frost, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA

Co-Author:

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 10:15 AM10:35 AM

Room: MAK A1161

Related Symposium: S43

The importance of incorporating instrumentation early in the chemistry curriculum is now a widely accepted method for engaging students and improving retention of course material. However, the complexity of the instrumental techniques can often make the inclusion of advanced instrumentation in the general chemistry curriculum a distraction rather than a useful addition to the curriculum. By simplifying the introduction of the technique and focusing instead on the meaning of the observations we can utilize complex instrumental techniques to solidify student’s comprehension of abstract concepts presented in the general chemistry curriculum. Utilizing the recent advances in permanent magnet Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instrumentation, we present a novel, simple, method for demonstrating the relevance of quantum mechanics in the general chemistry classroom.

P365: Quantitation of methanol in distilled spirits via bench-top NMR spectroscopy: A high school research project

Author: Vansh Jain, Lakeland Union High School, USA (Presented by John Frost, Lakeland Union High School/Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA)

Co-Author: John Frost, Lakeland Union High School/Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA; Joy Pitzer, Lakeland Union High School, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

Introducing scientific research is often challenging but offers exceptional pedagogical value to both students and staff. The ability to engage with “real world” world applications and technology rather than text books and worksheets, provides student with a deeper understanding of not only the material, but with the diverse range of subjects (writing, mathematics, design, etc.) utilized to complete a research project. We present the results of an independent research project to quantify methanol in distilled spirits via bench-top NMR spectroscopy conducted by a high school sophomore with minimal time and expense.