These are workshops with a fee to strictly cover the cost of materials. For these workshops, you will be required to register and pay at the time of your general registration.  All other sessions can be attended without registration

Introduction to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)

Laura Trout demonstrating for POGIL workshopMonday July 29, 2013, 8:30-10:30am

Presented by Laura Trout

Explore the benefits of using POGIL activities in your classroom. This student-centered approach to learning encourages students to question, use models, analyze data, provide evidence and improve communication skills. Participants will be given a booklet to keep.

Price: $10 + applicable taxes

Glow-in-the-dark Chemistry

Monday July 29, 2013, 8:30-11:30am

Presented by Brian Rohrig

This session will cover demonstrations and lab activities that involve light, light sticks, black lights and lasers.  The topics of fluorescence and phosphorescence will be discussed in relation to excited electron states.  The chemistry of light bulbs will discuss the differences between incandescent, fluorescent, and other types of light bulbs.  Light sticks will be used to discuss reaction rate.  Lasers and visible light will be discussed in relation to the electromagnetic spectrum, wavelength and frequency in terms of amount of energy carried, monochromatic vs. polychromatic light, etc.  Participants will use the provided black light and laser to perform many demos.  Emphasis will be on practical applications that can be performed easily in the classroom, relate to high school chemistry curriculum, promote inquiry, and relate to students' lives.

Price: $45 + applicable taxes

Misconceptions in Chemistry

Monday July 29, 2013, 9:30-11:30amAl Hazari demonstrating a burning book for his misconceptions in chemistry workshop

Presented by Al Hazari                     

Students develop their own understanding of how nature works. Reflection on the pre-concepts students bring to school will result in better instruction.  In addition, there are school-made misconceptions, which originate from inappropriate curriculum and instructional materials. This workshop aims to help 6-16 teachers and professors diagnose and cure students’ pre-concepts. Each participant will get a bag of supplies and materials to do the workshop activities.

Price: $25 + applicable taxes

Show me the (elements in) money!

Al Hazari demonstrates for the elements money paid workshopMonday July 29, 2013, 2:30-4:30pm             

Presented by Al Hazari

Show how chemistry has an impact on our daily lives and do interesting and simple experiments with coins and paper money. Each participant will get a bag of supplies and materials to do the workshop activities.

Price: $25 + applicable taxes

Super Chemistry Connections

Al Hazari demonstrating for a super chemistry connections workshopTuesday July 30, 2013, 8:30-10:30am

Presented by Al Hazari

In this workshop for K-16 teachers and professors, participants will do exciting hands-on chemistry activities that are suitable for K-8 (elementary and middle school) students.  The activities are from the Institute for Chemical Education’s guidebooks entitled, Super Science Connections and Fun with Chemistry (Volumes 1 and 2) and each participant will get a bag of supplies and materials to do the workshop activities.

Price: $25 + applicable taxes

Teaching Combustion in the High School Classroom

Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:30-11:30am

Presented by Brian Rohrig

This workshop will present material at the high school level, but is easily adaptable to younger or older grade levels.   Each participant will perform a number of activities that can accompany a unit on combustion.    Activities are designed to illustrate the different types of fire, chemistry of the flame, how fire extinguishers work, reaction rate, stages of a typical house fire, flashpoint, backdraft, arson detection and investigation, explosives, flares, fireworks, and much more.  Each participant will receive a bound manual of all activities presented, including sample labs, tests, etc. that were developed to accompany this unit.  Safety is emphasized throughout.

Price: $25 + applicable taxes

Putting a Bang into Your Teaching

Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:30-11:30am

Presented by Harvey Gendreau and Bette Bridges

This is a hands-on make-and-take workshop where the participants will create: 1) a piezo sparker for remote ignition, 2) a potato gun for illustrating Boyle's Law, 3) small sock cannon to demonstrate combustion reactions and other topics. With safety as a prime consideration, this will put excitement in your demos!  The $10 fee covers the cost of materials.

Price: $10 + applicable taxes

Mini-Labware earrings

Melissa Jones earring workshop samplesTuesday July 30, 2013, 2:30-3:30pm

Presented by Melissa Jones, Co-presenters: Meg Young, Shelley Abernathy

Making jewelry is an enterprise I started shortly before I retired in 2009.  While wandering Hobby Lobby’s jewelry making aisles I found miniature Erlenmeyer flask, gas collecting bottles, and flat-bottomed test tubes.  Thus the idea of lab earrings was born.
You start with the miniature lab piece of your choice.  At this point you have several options, for example, you can fill half of the lab piece with baby oil and add a drop of food coloring for a miniature density column. Let your imagination and chemistry knowledge guide you.

The participants will have several choices for their earrings — they can add alcohol, baby oil, food coloring, beads, etc.
The supplies and tools will be provided to make their earrings. 
Price: $5 + applicable taxes

Nitinol: The brainy wire    

Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:30-4:30pm

Presented by Al Hazari                     

Come and learn about Nitinol, the interesting nickel-titanium alloy wire that's got memory, and its several everyday life applications. Each participant will get a bag of supplies and materials to do the workshop activities

Price: $25 + applicable taxes

Mix It Up!

Brian Rohrig demonstrating his mix it up workshopTuesday July 30, 2013, 2:30-5:30pm

Presented by Brian Rohrig

This session will discuss many ways to teach the topic of mixtures through demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Topics will include ways to classify solutions, suspensions, and colloids.  The Tyndall effect will be demonstrated.  Polarity will be discussed in relation to stain removal and detergents.  Acids, bases, and pH will also be discussed in relation to solution chemistry. Many of the activities will involve polymers.  Participants will receive a detailed manual.  An inquiry-based theme will be emphasized throughout.

Price: $35 + applicable taxes

The Gas Laws…..A NEW and EXCITING Hands-On APPROACH

Irwin Talesnick product demonstration for his Gas workshopWednesday July 31, 2013, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm

Presented by Irwin Talesnick, Co-presenter: John Eix

Use pressure gauges, digital thermometers and mason jars to discover Boyle’s, Charles’, Gay-Lussac’s, Dalton’s and Avogadro’s laws. These same instruments will be used to investigate vapor pressure and dynamic equilibrium.


Workshop Kit includes more than $200 worth of equipment and special gifts.
Price: $100 + applicable taxes

Not Your Mother’s Tie dye

Andy Cherkas demonstration of tie dye workshopWednesday July 31, 2013, 1:30-4:30pm

Presented by Andy Cherkas and Melissa Jones, Co-presenters: Meg Young, Nijole Cherkas, Shelley Abernathy      

Tie-Dye resist techniques have been practiced around the world for centuries. We will show you how to prepare a white cotton or silk garment for tie dye and participants will have an opportunity to learn different techniques and experience one dyeing technique with an article they bring or purchase. Traditional, shibori, and foam methods will be demonstrated along with dyeing silk in a microwave. In addition to tie dyeing, we will also show you how to use tie dye in the curriculum. The workshop is come and go.

Price: $5 + applicable taxes

*Cotton lab coats, silk scarves and silk ties are available for purchase under souvenirs