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  • June 13, 2018

    Join AACT at the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE 2018)

    Are you planning to attend BCCE 2018 hosted by the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana this summer? AACT will be there, along with many AACT members! You will find us in the exhibit hall at our booth and at the workshops we are planning for K-12 teachers of chemistry.

  • May 30, 2018

    AACT at the 7th Annual NSTA STEM Forum & Expo

    Are you planning to attend the 7th Annual STEM Forum & Expo hosted by NSTA in Philadelphia, PA on July 11–13, 2018? AACT will be there too, along with many AACT members! There will be many opportunities to connect with AACT and other members at the AACT booth and at the workshops that we are planning for K-12 teachers of chemistry. Here is a list of events hosted by AACT.

  • May 10, 2018

    Using AACT Resources to Teach Acids and Bases

    In our last news post, we looked at classroom resources that focused on equilibrium. Now we are moving on to lessons and activities that can be used to support a unit plan for teaching acids and bases. This includes pH, acid theories, strong versus weak acids and bases, titrations, indicators, and buffers.

  • May 8, 2018

    JChemEd Article Describes Density Teaching and Learning Activity

    AACT members have access to 50 ACS Publications articles each year. We will be highlighting one article each month that you might consider downloading through this member benefit. This month we are featuring a hands-on student activity from the August 2008 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education titled, The Sweeter Side of Density, by Michael Davis and Charles Henry.

  • April 26, 2018

    New AACT Resources for Post AP Exam Activities

    With just over a week to go before the AP exam, you’re involved with review activities to get your students ready for the big test. But have you thought ahead to what you’ll be doing after May 7th? Many teachers use that time to complete lab work they didn’t get to during the school year. Others cover topics that are no longer included in the curriculum framework. Others decide to lighten things up with a long term project.

  • April 24, 2018

    Using AACT Resources to Teach Equilibrium

    In our last news post, we looked at resources that focused on resources for teaching thermochemistry and thermodynamics. Now we are moving on to lessons and activities that can be used to support a unit plan for teaching equilibrium. This includes establishing equilibrium and equilibrium constants, the reaction quotient, and LeChatelier’s Principle.

  • April 16, 2018

    Vote now in the 2018 Governing Board Elections!

    Governing Board elections are open now through April 27!

  • April 12, 2018

    JChemEd Activity uses Boiling Point Investigation and Gas Chromatography to Teach Intermolecular Forces in AP Chem

    AACT members now have access to 25 ACS Publications articles each year. We are highlighting one article or activity each month that you might consider downloading through this member benefit. This month we are featuring an AP level “dual” investigation from the February, 2018 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education, titled “Studying Intermolecular Forces with a Dual Gas Chromatography and Boiling Point Investigation” by AACT member W. Patrick Cunningham and four members of his 2016-17 Scientific Research and Design class at Johnson High School, San Antonio.

  • April 5, 2018

    Using AACT Resources to Teach Thermochemistry and Thermodynamics

    In our last news post, we looked at classroom resources that focused on teaching aqueous solutions. Now we are moving on to lessons and activities that can be used to support a unit plan for teaching thermodynamics. This includes endothermic and exothermic processes, enthalpy, Hess’s Law, entropy, and free energy.

  • April 3, 2018

    Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award

    Congratulations to the three Chemistry Teachers of the Year!

  • March 13, 2018

    Is There Chemistry in the Vacuum of Space?

    We challenged teachers to tell us what they've heard isn't chemistry and we'd show them how it was related to chemistry. Read on to find out the winning answer and how Jenelle Ball, AACT's 2017-2018 Governing Board President, responded.

  • March 13, 2018

    Using AACT Resources to Teach Aqueous Solutions

    In our last news post we looked at resources that focused on phase changes and heat transfer. Now we are moving on to lessons and activities that can be used to support a unit plan for teaching aqueous solutions. This includes molarity calculations, solution preparation, dilution, solubility, solubility rules, and colligative properties.

  • March 6, 2018

    JChemEd Activity Supports Student Understanding of the Limiting Reactant

    AACT members have access to 50 ACS Publications articles each year. We are highlighting one article or activity each month that you might consider downloading through this member benefit. This month, we are featuring a hands-on student activity from the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education titled A Hands-on Activity Incorporating the Threefold Representation on Limiting Reactant by Angélica M. González-Sánchez, Edgardo L. Ortiz-Nieves, and Zuleika Medina.

  • March 5, 2018

    Governing Board: Self-Nominations Now Open!

    Nominate yourself for a Governing Board position now until March 27, 2018.

  • February 26, 2018

    Chemistry and the Calendar

    There are many K-8 classroom resources available in the AACT Resource Library, many which connect well with other content areas, so teachers can easily incorporate chemistry lessons into their everyday activities.

  • February 22, 2018

    Using AACT Resources to Teach Phase Changes and Heat Transfer

    In our last news post we looked at resources that focused on the gas laws. Now we are moving on to lessons and activities that can be used to support a unit plan for teaching phase changes and heat transfer. This includes exploring kinetic molecular theory, phase changes, heat capacity calculations, and calorimetry.

  • February 16, 2018

    AACT at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival

    Join AACT at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF), April 6-8, 2018.

  • February 12, 2018

    AACT Introduces Student Video Pass

    AACT launches a new member benefit that allows teacher members to have their students independently watch videos on their personal computers or mobile devices from anywhere.

  • February 6, 2018

    Using AACT Resources to Teach Gas Laws

    In our last news post we looked at resources that focused on stoichiometry. Now we are moving on to lessons and activities that can be used to support a unit plan for teaching the gas laws. This includes exploring the relationship between pressure, temperature, volume, and moles of gas both conceptually and mathematically.

  • January 31, 2018

    JChemEd Activity Supports Student Understanding of Nomenclature and Compound Formation

    AACT members now have access to 50 ACS Publications articles each year. We are highlighting one article or activity each month that you might consider downloading through this new member benefit. This month, we are featuring a hands-on student activity from the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education titled Clip Clues: Discovering Chemical Formulas by Carmen Fies and Diana Mason.

  • January 29, 2018

    What in the World Isn't Chemistry

    Chemistry: it’s the central science, and honestly, pretty great. But is there anything that *isn’t* chemistry? We’re challenging teachers to explore, 'What in the World Isn’t Chemistry?'.

  • January 26, 2018

    More New Resources from the AACT AP Chemistry Content Writing Team

    This past summer AACT hosted an AP Chemistry Content Writing Team to create AP chemistry teaching resources for our High School Classroom Library. The first three lessons, released on October 19, 2017, focused on Big Ideas 4 and 5. This week we are publishing the final three resources from our content team members which each focus on Big Idea 6.

  • January 23, 2018

    AACT Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award

    AACT is introducing the first annual AACT Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award! These new awards will showcase the hard work and accomplishments of three gifted educators – there will be one winner each from Elementary, Middle, and High School who will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a free AACT membership renewal.

  • January 16, 2018

    Using AACT Resources to Teach Stoichiometry

    In our last news post we looked at resources that focused on teaching chemical equations. Now we are moving on to lessons and activities that can be used to support a unit plan for teaching stoichiometry. This includes the following topics: setting up stoichiometry calculations, determining limiting and excess reactants, and calculating percent yield.

  • January 8, 2018

    New AACT AP Chemistry Exam Review Resource

    It might only be January, but AP Chemistry teachers are starting to think about the May exam date and are putting together their review strategies. We recently posted a new classroom lesson plan that will help prepare your students for the AP exam.