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Tuesday, August 5 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
W26: Visualizing the Chemistry of Climate Change (www.vc3chem.com): A Hands-On Workshop Using Interactive, Electronic Learning Tools for Introductory University Chemistry

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This workshop will explore new learning materials and pedagogical strategies to improve the link between core chemistry curricula and sustainability education, develop faculty expertise to place chemistry content in an interdisciplinary context, and use visualizations and case-based approaches to support an understanding of complex science. In 2014 the NSF-supported Visualizing the Chemistry of Climate Change (VC3Chem) project will release a set of free interactive learning tools to teach core chemistry concepts through the rich context of climate science. Participants in the workshop will investigate, test, and evaluate interactive web-based digital learning objects (DLOs) that connect climate literacy principles and core chemistry content. Specific topics include 1) isotopes and their relevance in determining historical temperature records, 2) IR absorption by greenhouse gases, 3) acid/base chemistry and impacts on changing ocean pH, and 4) thermochemistry and its role in combustion of fuels and the radiation balance of our planet.


Lallie McKenzie

Chem11, LLC


Mary Kirchoff

American Chemical Society

Peter Mahaffy

Kings University College

Brian Martin

Kings University College

Marcy Towns

Purdue University

Ashley Versprille

Purdue University

Tuesday August 5, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm
HRY 115