P97: Developing climate change activities in general chemistry

Author: Karen Anderson, Madison College, USA (Presented by: Daniel King, Drexel University, USA)

Co-Author: Daniel King, Drexel University, USA; Jennifer E Lewis and Janelle Arjoon, University of South Florida, USA; Douglas Latch, Seattle University, USA; Susan Sutheimer, Green Mountain College, USA; Gail Webster, Guilford College, USA; Cathy Middlecamp, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; Richard Moog, Franklin and Marshall College, USA

Date: 8/3/14

Time: 2:25 PM2:45 PM

Room: MAN 122

Related Symposium: S15

Through an NSF-funded project, collaborators from a variety of different types of institutions have written a series of in-class activities that use climate-change topics to teach general chemistry concepts via the POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) approach. It is expected that these new activities will help engage students in learning fundamental general chemistry topics while establishing connections to climate-change concepts. Classroom testing began in Spring 2013. Feedback from the testing is being used to inform revisions to the parts of the activities that develop process skills such as information processing, communication and teamwork. This talk will show the key components of a sample activity and report on insights and challenges gained through preliminary feedback on this set of integrated activities.