We partner with multiple schools and teachers to ensure that learning
and teaching with ChemSense reflects the realities of multiple
teaching approaches and the cultural diversity of schools.
Miramonte High School,
Orinda, CA. This school has a student population
that is 16% Asian, 3% Hispanic, 2% African American, and 1% Filipino.
The school’s 2001 API score was 880 out of 1000, and its API rank is
10 out of 10. Irene Hahn, Nick Carpenter, and Nikki LeBoy, chemistry
teachers at Miramonte High School, all joined the ChemSense team in the
fall of 2002. Between the three of them, they have introduced ChemSense
to hundreds of students acrosss 10 chemistry classes, and have created
over a dozen Chemsense activites.
Antioch High School,
Antioch, CA. This school has a student population that is approximately 28%
Hispanic, 9% African American, 3% Asian, and 2% Filipino.
The school’s 2001 API score was 589 out of 1000, and its API rank is 2
out of 10. Britt Hammon, a veteran chemistry teacher at Antioch High School,
joined the ChemSense project in the spring of 2002. Ms. Hammon has
developed a dozen or so ChemSense curriculum activities and has been
using ChemSense in her classroom each semester since the spring of 2002.
San Leandro High School,
San Leandro, CA. This school has a student
population that is approximately 28% Hispanic, 18% African American,
16% Asian, and 9% Filipino. The school’s 2001 API score was 622 out of
1000, and its API rank is 5 out of 10. Judy Larson, a chemistry teacher and
Science Department Chairperson at San Leandro High School, has participated
in the research and development plan for ChemSense since it's planning stages
in early 1998. Judy and her students have been involved in five ChemSense studies.
Judy also helped co-design and develop three integrated ChemSense chemistry
Research and Development Partnerships
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
We are working closely with faculty (including Co-PI Brian Coppola) and
students in the Chemistry Department at the University of Michigan to
integrate ChemSense into the Structured Study Group (SSG) sections of
Chemistry 210 and evaluate its use. We are also collaborating with
faculty in the School of Education--––Joseph Krajcik and Jay Lemke––on
the design of ChemSense curriculum activities and our research methods.
Chemistry Department, Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX. The Texas A&M Information Technology
in Science (ITS) Center for Teaching and Learning is using ChemSense with the teachers in their summer
workshops on molecular visualization (2001, 2002, 2003). Each summer,
the workshop introduces over a dozen high school teachers to ChemSense,
as well as other chemistry visualization packages (e.g., RasMol, Chime, ISIS/Draw).
The ITS teachers have given the system very high ratings in term of
ease of use and potential to help them and their students visualize
ChemViz offers a server-based computational chemistry engine
and visualization tools for examining molecular structures.
We are developing and interactive 3D molecule
viewer component for ChemSense that communicates with the ChemViz
server to render visualizations of chemical phenomena.
PASCO Scientific. PASCO
develops probeware and corresponding software for the
high school science laboratory. These include probes for such
chemical phenomena as pH, dissolved oxygen, and electrical
conductivity. PASCO donated 10 station bundles to the ChemSense project,
each with a variety of sensors, a data collection interface, and
software that allows data to be displayed in real-time on the computer screen.