Family chemistry events, demos highlight Chem Ed conference
July 14, 2011 | WMU News
Chem Ed 2011
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is hosting a conference for high school chemistry teachers Sunday through Thursday, July 24-28
, that includes open demonstrations and family activities.
Chem Ed 2011 is an event of the International Year of Chemistry, established by the United Nations as a worldwide celebration to honor achievements in chemistry. The five-day event includes three events that are open to the public.
Chem Ed 2011
Public events schedule
- Sunday, July 24, 4 p.m., Miller Auditorium--Seven nationally known chemical demonstrators from Michigan will be performing their favorite demos, including the collapse of a 55-gallon steel drum and the production of rainbows to the tune of Kermit the Frog's "Rainbow Connection." During this family event, organizers will also be honoring Kalamazoo resident Miles Sullivan, inventor of the "dipping bird," who will bring his prototypes and discuss his invention process. A donation of $3 per person or $10 for a family of four is requested.
- Monday, July 25, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Miller Auditorium--Reg Freisen Memorial Lecturer Dr. John Fortman, professor emeritus from Wright State University, will present demonstrations and discuss his educational philosophy. Fortman is a long-time chemical educator and a veteran of many Chem Ed conferences.
- Thursday, July 28, 10:45 a.m. to noon, Miller Auditorium--Dr. Bonnie Lasby of the University of Guelph, Ontario, will present information and demonstrations on nanotechnology.
The conference also is the first in the United States to host of the IYC Tile Periodic Table, sponsored by Waterloo University, with tiles designed by students and groups all over the world. The Tile Periodic Table may be viewed on the second floor of the Bernhard Center at WMU at any time during the conference.
Chem Ed 2011 has registrants from six countries and will offer them more than 200 sessions from which to choose during the conference. Most of these sessions involve teachers sharing with other teachers. In addition, almost 30 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest in teaching laboratory equipment.
Chem Ed conferences first began in 1973 at Waterloo University. They quickly became the premier international conference for high school chemistry teachers to be able to network with each other, stay abreast of all of the latest developments and techniques, benefit from each other's expertise and experiences and grow in instruction of the teaching of chemistry.
For more information, visit chemed2011.com or contact Pat Vance at (269) 664-5780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.