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Program Management System - 21st BCCE - Mini-Labs: Teaching with Inquiry on a Budget

Workshop Title: Mini-Labs: Teaching with Inquiry on a Budget
Descrption: Students everywhere love chemistry demonstrations -- especially if they involve explosions. But have you ever wanted to move beyond the "wow" factor and find a way to incorporate active student learning into your demos? What if you could get them to think more deeply about what they're observing, and then find out if they really understand what they’ve experienced? Those questions initiated our quest to create “interactive demos” at the US Air Force Academy Department of Chemistry. Over the past year and a half, this effort has evolved into inquiry-based learning activities. We now refer to these activities as “Mini-Labs”, because they also contain the additional dimension of a simple formative assessment of a student’s knowledge and awareness of chemical principles. The “Mini-Lab” was conceived of as an idea to help instructors easily add inquiry-based learning activities to their curriculum by providing an array of activities that are easy to implement and not supply-intensive and that are designed around sound pedagogical principles.
Program: 21st BCCE
Leader: Daniel Branan
Commercial: No
Number of times to offer workshop: 1
Day: half day
Fee: $15
Minimum Participants: 5
Maximum Participants: 100
Room: CHEM 280 & 283
Session: Thursday Morning [2010-08-05 07:40:00 - 10:30:00]
Space: 2 lab spaces that can accomodate 50 people each would be ideal, but a large room with tables would be fine too.
Computer: none
Demo: Not sure what this field is for. We will be giving a few materials to the attendants: - 3 grams of copper chloride dihydrate - a 1" x 0.5" aluminum cylinder - a generous amount of aluminum foil - a plastic 50 mL graduated cylinder - a 6" plastic ruler
Extra Information: This workshop is appropriate for all levels of instructors, but is probably most appropriate for high school or first year college instructors. Waste materials will be collected on site by the organizers and disposed of in coordination with the University of North Texas chemistry department. Waste will be primarily water, with small amounts of aluminum and copper.
Itemized Expenses: Supplies were priced and divided into a per-person cost for each item. Please let me (Dan Branan) know if you have any questions. Copper chloride dihydrate from Fisher: $0.80/person Aluminum rod from www.metalsdepot.com: $0.18/person Aluminum foil: $0.05/person Plastic ruler: $0.25/person Plastic 50 mL graduated cylinder from www.usplastic.com: $3.09 per person

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