P10: Development of a studio inorganic chemistry course
Traditionally, inorganic chemistry at ESF has been a one semester, 3-credit hour lecture course designed for chemistry majors and minors with an organic chemistry prerequisite and physical chemistry co-requisite primarily taken in the junior year. The confines of a purely lecture based course for inorganic chemistry left a lot to be desired since the beauty of inorganic chemistry, is in laboratory work where students are amazed by highly colored compounds, where color is a good thing! After taking the cCWCS workshop, Chemistry of Art, the course was redesigned as a studio course, where lecture and laboratories are integrated into the same class period. Experiments from the cCWCS workshop that are used include paints and pigments, anodizing metals, copper enameling, glass fusing and bead making. Additionally, building on the metal laboratories from cCWCS, a new laboratory experiment was developed using polymer metal clay as a way of representing the isolation of metals from their ores. An overview of the course, how the lecture and laboratories are integrated, and the new polymer metal clay laboratory will be discussed. Further an emphasis on the connections of theory to the laboratories will be stressed and how the “teaching through portfolios” model is used to further enhance student-learning gains.