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Wednesday, August 6 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
W96: Using design-based activities to uncover students' understanding of chemistry at different educational levels

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Students often have difficulty applying classroom skills to a real life context. A method to address this issue is to engage students in design-based problems in which they must apply the core practices of chemistry -- synthesis, analysis, and transformation of matter. Using design-based problems in the classroom can enable instructors to identify how students are thinking about a chemical problem in order to better move them forward in their learning. In this workshop, participants will engage in a design-based lab experience to create and optimize an explosion in a Pringles can and reflect on student understandings that can be revealed through questioning during the laboratory activity. Participants will also learn how to improve their methods of asking questions to elucidate students' underlying assumptions about chemical entities and processes. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to modify currently used lab activities to include a design component.


Hannah Sevian

University of Massachusetts Boston


Greg Banks

Boston Public Schools

Michael Clinchot

Boston Public Schools

Steven Cullipher

University of Massachusetts Boston

Robert Huie

Boston Public Schools

Jennifer Lambertz

Boston Public Schools

Rebecca Lewis

Chemistry Teacher, Boston Public Schools

Courtney Ngai

University of Massachusetts Boston

Gabriela Szteinberg

University of Massachusetts Boston

Vicente Talanquer

University of Arizona

Melissa Weinrich

University of Arizona

Wednesday August 6, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm
PAD 377