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  • October 16, 2018

    AACT Resources to Help Teach Chemical Bonding

    As chemistry teachers around the country plan activities for their students, AACT will be highlighting resources from our high school resource library that can be used to reinforce topics in different units throughout the school year. Our last post highlighted resources that could be used to support an Atomic Structure unit. We will now focus on articles, videos, simulations, and activities that could be used in a Chemical Bonding unit.

  • October 15, 2018

    AACT Celebrates National Chemistry Week

    In the spirit of the NCW theme, AACT hosted a content writing contest for current teacher members. This year’s winners were Monticello Middle School teacher, Jennifer Smith, from Monticello, Illinois and South Lewis High School teacher, Anne Huntress, from Turin, New York. Both teachers created an exciting and unique lesson plan inspired by the theme of NCW.

  • October 1, 2018

    Two More New Resources from the 2018 AACT AP Chemistry Content Writing Team

    This past summer AACT hosted an AP Chemistry Content Writing Team to create AP chemistry focused teaching resources for our High School Classroom Resource Library. The four teachers chosen focused on creating teaching resources directly related to the Learning Objectives for the topics of intermolecular forces, photoelectron spectroscopy, Coulomb’s Law, electrolysis, reaction mechanisms, and kinetics. This week we are publishing two more resources from two of our content team members.

  • September 27, 2018

    AACT Resources to Help Teach the Periodic Table

    As chemistry teachers around the country plan activities for their students, AACT will be highlighting resources from our high school resource library that can be used to reinforce topics in different units throughout the school year. Our last post highlighted resources that could be used to support an Atomic Structure unit. We will now focus on articles, videos, simulations, and activities that could be used in a Periodic Table unit.

  • September 25, 2018

    AACT and ACS Education at the NSTA Regional Conferences This Fall

    The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will be holding three area conferences on science education this fall.

  • September 24, 2018

    Call for Regional Representatives

    This is a great time to get involved with AACT by becoming a Regional Representative. Learn more.

  • September 18, 2018

    AACT Resources to Help Teach Atomic Structure

    As chemistry teachers around the country plan activities for their students, AACT will be highlighting resources from our high school resource library that can be used to reinforce topics in different units throughout the school year. Our last post highlighted resources that could be used to support a Chemical Measurements unit. We will now focus on articles, videos, simulations, and activities that could be used in an Atomic Structure unit.

  • September 12, 2018

    AACT Wants Members to Find Their Way

    Read about the changes that AACT has made to help its members find resources easier.

  • September 6, 2018

    AACT Introduces Student Video Pass – Now Extended

    AACT extends the Student Video Pass from 24 to 72-hours.

  • September 4, 2018

    AACT Resources to Help Teach Chemical Measurements

    As chemistry teachers around the country plan activities for their students, AACT will be highlighting resources from our high school resource library that can be used to reinforce topics in different units throughout the school year. Our last post highlighted resources that could be used to support a Chemistry Basics unit. We will now focus on articles, videos, simulations, and activities that could be used in a Chemical Measurements unit.

  • August 28, 2018

    New Resources from the 2018 AACT AP Chemistry Content Writing Team

    This past summer AACT hosted an AP Chemistry Content Writing Team to create AP chemistry focused teaching resources for our High School Classroom Resource Library. The four teachers chosen focused on creating teaching resources directly related to the Learning Objectives for the topics of intermolecular forces, photoelectron spectroscopy, Coulomb’s Law, electrolysis, reaction mechanisms, and kinetics.

  • August 23, 2018

    AACT Resources to Help You Teach Chemistry Basics

    As chemistry teachers around the country head back into their classrooms and begin planning activities for their students, AACT will be highlighting resources from our high school resource library that can be used to reinforce topics in different units throughout the school year. We’re beginning the year with articles, videos, simulations, and activities that could be used to support a Chemistry Basics unit.

  • June 29, 2018

    Science Coaches Application Now Open!

    Apply now to participate in Science Coaches for next school year (2018-2019)!

  • 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.