P12: Integrating art and chemistry to develop conceptual understanding to real world applications
Increasing interest in science of non-majors is a challenge shared by many colleges. A rural community college in the Midwest United States developed a course primarily with liberal arts majors in mind. A faculty member of the college attended two National Science Foundation sponsored cCWCS workshops titled “Chemistry and Art” and “Renewable Energy.” Many of the activities learned from these workshops have become an integral part of this class as well as the full year general chemistry class. A teaching unit that covers three weeks is presented that applies a constructivist approach in using activities from the workshops to engage students in learning about the effects of chemical reactions of metals in the environment, culture and artistic applications. Student responses have been very positive on class surveys and assessments.