Dow & AACT Teacher Summit 2016
Two summits were held in 2016. In addition to creating resources, attendees in both locations participated in professional learning sessions, and had the opportunity grow their professional network of support.
The first summit was held June 6–10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 12 teachers gathered for the week-long learning summit. A local AACT member presented about Science and Engineering practices, and an American Chemical Society (ACS) staff member familiarized elementary teachers with free resources from the society.
A second summit was held July 18–22 in Austin, Texas, and 24 area
teachers participated in the event. Professional learning sessions
included a presentation on technology in the classroom from a local AACT
member, and a workshop for middle school chemistry hosted by an ACS
staff member. Both sessions were recorded and are available to AACT
members for viewing:
Participants in both summits received a guided tour of the nearest Dow Chemical facility, worked with dedicated Dow STEM Ambassadors, recieved guided lab experience, and participated in safety training. Short (30 minute) safety sessions were built in to each day of the summit. During these sessions, teachers participated in case-studies, interactive discussions as well as experienced relevant classroom resources focused on safety in the chemistry classroom. Safety was presented in an engaging way, and each session was designed to be reused by the teachers with K–12 students, as a classroom lesson, activity or demonstration in their own classroom.
Classroom Resources from the 2016 Summits
- Stoichiometry of Air Bags
- Kitchen Reaction
- Exploring Gases
- Law of Conservation of Mass Comic Strip
- Math and Measurement
- Detecting pH of Commonly Used Acids and Bases
- Ionic Bonding Puzzle
- Chemical and Physical Changes
- Beer's Law Discovered
- What are Buffers?
- You Light Up My Life!
- What Makes Water So Special?
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Book
- Indicators of Acids and Bases
- The pH of Salts
- Root Beer Chemistry
- Molecular Compound Dice
- Isn't it Ionic
- Electron Configuration and the Periodic Table
- What's the Solution?
- Fizzy Drink
- Cellular Respiration and pH
- Chemistry in a Bag
- Is it Real Science or Pseudoscience?
- The Scientists Behind the Atom
- How to Perform a Titration
- Element Project
- The Egg-straordinary Issue
- Le Chatelier’s Soda
- Exploring the Properties of Acids and Bases
- Lemon Ice
- Writing Your Name using Chemical Element Symbols
- Augmented Reality and the Atomic Model
- Elemental Art: A Visual Periodic Table
- Modeling Carbohydrates
- Mystery Elements
- S'more Change Please
- Freezing Ice Cream
- Effect of Salt Concentration on Plants
- Hot Popcorn
- Achieving a Photosynthetic Balance
- Determining Endothermic and Exothermic Reaction
- Investigating the Sizes of Atomic Particles
- The Chemical Process of Photosynthesis
- Detecting Fats and Starches in Food
- Weight Just a Minute!
- Little Miss Muffet
- Sharing Matter
- What's It Made Of?
- Counting Atoms & Balancing Equations
- Balancing Legos
- The Castaway!
- Astronaut on a Mission
- To What DEGREE Does it Matter
- Matter Can Taste Good!
- Sorting Buttons
- Apple's Oxidation
- Gummy Bear Investigation
- Comparing Density of Liquids & Irregular Solids
- Will it Float?
- Super Suds
- The Chemistry of Eggs
- Plop & Fizz Investigation
- Creating Finger-Paint from Rocks
- Making the Connection
- Coffee Creamer Ice Cream
- The Disappearing Color
- The Periodic Table of Elements
- Teeth Eggsperiment!
- Clean-Up Pond Pollution
- Analyzing Root Beer Floats
- Element Brochure
- Soft Eggs
- Candle Mystery
- Global Warming in a Jar
- Make a Cake!
- Mini Terrarium
Lots more on the way! Explore the resource library for additional lessons, lab, and demos from AACT.