Some of you are heading back to your classroom – check out this blog for ideas on how to decorate, activities, or ways to approach teaching chemistry topics!
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I realize that during the school year it’s very difficult to keep up with research topics. During the next few weeks, I will talk about some current research going on in the science community.
Here is a very current report from National Public Radio (NPR) about the development of thermoelectrics which convert heat to electric power:
This is an interesting discussion for the start of an Introductory Chemistry course or it could be used during the study of Thermodynamics.
*Students could investigate this area of research, read a chosen article about the topic, summarizing it or listing 10 facts, have a discussion about the pros and cons of this technology, especially a cost/benefit discussion.
This Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Remember, you can check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
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