You're Invited to the Teacher Program at the ACS National Meeting in Orlando

By Sherri Rukes on February 25, 2019

I would like to personally invite you to attend the upcoming Chemistry Teacher Program at the ACS National Meeting in Orlando, Florida on March 31st and April 1st, 2019.

This is a wonderful opportunity to network and learn interesting tidbits of chemistry. Also, you’ll be sure to acquire new teaching ideas for your classroom, as well as be inspired! The cost to attend the meeting is reduced to $125.00 for all K–12 educators.

This registration fee will grant you access to all meeting events, as well as the exhibit hall, and the teachers programming, including lunch on Sunday and snacks on Monday. Some of the events planned are as follows:

Sunday, March 31st (all day):

  • The first 100 teachers will receive a goodie bag.
  • All participants will be entered for a chance to win several door prizes.
  • Several of the symposiums and workshops for teachers include:
    • Chemistry and the Final Frontier: Student designed sustainable payloads at the edge of space
    • Elements of Paper Science: Material for teaching chemistry
    • Viral videos as teaching tools: presented by Dr. Raychelle M. Burks who has done ACS Reaction videos, Royal Society of Chemistry podcasts and has been on Outrageous Acts of Science
    • What’s in a name? Possibly death and taxes!: In honor of IUPAC’s 100 year celebration, presented by Dr. Richard Hartshorn the Secretary General of IUPAC
    • Geography of the periodic table: In honor of the IYPT
    • The James B. Conant awardee address: Derrick C. Wood teacher at Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA
    • Take home labs: Taking science beyond the classroom
    • Supporting and assessing molecular: level sensemaking
    • Simple, hands-on activities from ChemEdX

Monday, April 1st (evening)

Come to the symposium, Revamping Practical Chemistry Teaching for the New Frontier. At this presentation, the first 50 teachers will have the opportunity to make all demonstration aids, as well as, the opportunity to take home supplies to run the experiments in their classroom. Presentations will follow the make-n-take session and the presentations / hands on activity topics include:

  • Deepen your students’ STEM experience by adding various inquiry / engineering design challenges with several Make-n-Take items
  • Through the eyes of a baby
  • New frontier: Car Chemistry moving from Carbon (How it was, to how it is, to where it is going

Please consider registering for this valuable meeting. I will all be at the meeting and would love to meet you in person. If you have any questions about the program, please contact AACT.

Hope to see you there! I would love to meet more of our AACT family!


Sherri Rukes is the 2019–2020 AACT President and Governing Board Chair.