Dow and the Chemical Educational Foundation® Brought Hands-On Chemistry Activities to Norristown Area School District Teachers on October 3Dow Volunteers and CEF instructors empower 50+ Norristown middle school and 4th grade teachers with chemistry concepts to enrich learning in their classrooms.
As part of their commitment to continuing education for teachers, trained volunteers from Dow sites across the Delaware Valley team up with the Chemical Educational Foundation®(CEF) to lead Norristown teachers through hands-on workshops. Empowering educators and other professionals for three years, CEF’s Essential Elements professional development workshops are just one of the many resources that Dow and CEF integrate year-round to improve STEM education in communities across the country. In addition to the training, Dow’s sponsorship equiped NASD teachers with a number of resources for the classroom, including: Activity Guides containing hands-on student-centered activities, a flash drive with 60 You Be The Chemist®experiments, additional teaching materials, and gift bags filled with a variety of items to help captivate and engage students during the learning process.Hands-on science experiments included:Floating Paper Clips: Surface tensionAntigravity Water: Cohesion and adhesion in waterDancing Raisins: Solubility of gases and buoyancyMarshmallow Launcher: Kinetic and potential energySeparating Salt and Pepper: Density, electric charge, color and solubilityAbout Dow
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More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.About Essential Elements
Essential Elements is a professional development program created by CEF as part of its You Be The Chemist® (YBTC) initiatives. Essential Elements is based on the 5E (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate) constructivist learning cycle approach to teaching, which allows students to build their own understanding of new concepts from old ideas as well as their own experiences. During an Essential Elements workshop, an instructor leads educators through a full 5E learning cycle utilizing a lesson from the YBTC Activity Guides. Following the lesson, educators will have an opportunity to discuss the lesson further and ask questions. The workshop then proceeds with additional lessons from the Activity Guides.