June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.732.1 - 23.732.5
Incorporating Engineering into the High School Chemistry ClassroomA unique experience is provided to pre-service and in-service teachers to participate in a researchproject via a grant won from the National Science Foundation. The project "MultidisciplinaryEngineering Research for Rural Michigan's Future" allows pre-service and in-service scienceeducators to participate in research project collaboration while focusing on implementingresearch practices into their curricula. The Research Experience for Teachers emphasis is onbroadening student problem solving skills, communication skills, and exploratory learning.As a high school chemistry teacher, an opportunity was provided to perform simulation researchto understand the interactions between a polymer Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), also known asPNIPAM, and graphene oxide, GO. Not having much computer programming experience,training via a tutorial was required to learn the Linux-based molecular dynamics softwareGROMACS before beginning the simulation experience. Working with an undergraduatestudent, together we explored the software and learned how to program and make a video. With ageneral understanding of programming, we began researching background information regardinggraphene oxide and collaborating on a molecular structure to build using another softwareprogram known as Avogadro. After constructing the molecule, the atoms were automaticallynumbered allowing each atom to be identified in terms of its bond type. This information wasadded to the GROMACS system where simulation then began. The overall goal was to findparameters in which the PNIPAM and GO stick together so they can be produced as a fiber in thelaboratory.From this experience and looking ahead to the Common Core and Next Generation ScienceStandards, the future direction of science education is to model and incorporate the engineeringprocess. As I start the new school year, this approach will be implemented from the start of thecourse as I continue to focus on inquiry based learning but take it steps further by including morereading strategies for gaining knowledge, developing student collaboration and communicationskills, and publishing their learning in a variety of methods. My hope is that students are notonly learning chemistry but doing chemistry. Lesson plans and detailed methodologies will bediscussed in this paper.
Arnold, L., & Zhang, Z., & Kaya, T., & Li, B., & Hu, Q. (2013, June), Incorporating Engineering into the High School Chemistry Classroom Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19746
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