This biennial conference is the largest for educators involved in teaching high school and introductory chemistry in North America. It is an opportunity for teachers and educators to gather together for five days to learn and exchange their teaching ideas in a friendly and motivating environment. In recent years, the conference attendance has ranged from 400 to 800 teachers and educators.
ChemEd takes place on a university campus allowing for hands on labs, workshops and demonstrations. Along with the variety of sessions all focused on teaching chemistry – over 200 different sessions at ChemEd 2011 in Michigan – it is a chance to be part of a community of dedicated and involved science teachers and educators.
This ChemEd will be special as the conference returns to the place where it began in 1973, the University of Waterloo. After 40 years, the conference has matured and many ChemEd traditions have been established, such as the Reg Friesen lecture, an ice cream social, children/family program, Mole Day breakfast and Mole Day run. The end-of-conference celebration showcasing the hosting community was a tradition that began in its inaugural year. We are planning to have the same featured venue as the very first ChemEd conference, the Kitchener-Waterloo Great Bavarian Festival – Oktoberfest.