Session S66 (Wednesday, 9:30am, Life Sciences 013)

P715: Service learning to enhance the environmental chemistry curriculum

Tara Kishbaugh, Stephen Cessna, Doug Graber Neufeld (Eastern Mennonite University, USA)

Service learning, which emphasizes contextualized content and learning, is naturally suited to be an effective educational tool in environmental chemistry courses.  We have developed an introductory environmental chemistry course to provide a rigorous overview of the fundamental principles of the chemistry of natural and polluted waters, the atmosphere, toxins, and energy production.   The course has included a number of service learning projects, such as water quality analysis of a local river, aiding an ESL middle school class with their water quality curriculum, participation in the stream cleanup day, and the measurement of arsenic in Cambodian clay samples using atomic absorbance spectroscopy. The successes and challenges of these service-learning activities will be described.

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