Sunday July 29, PM Workshps

W8: Meeting Chemistry and Climate Literacy Learning Outcomes in Introductory Chemistry

Lallie C. McKenzie, Chem11, LLC
Peter Mahaffy, The King’s University College
Marcy Towns, Purdue University
Ashley N. Versprille, Purdue University
Mary M. Kirchhoff, American Chemical Society

Global climate change is one of the most pressing environmental challenges facing humanity. Many of the important underlying concepts require mental models that are built on a fundamental understanding of chemistry, yet connections to climate science and global climate change are largely missing from first-year undergraduate chemistry courses for science majors. This workshop will explore new learning materials and pedagogical strategies that aim to improve the link between core chemistry curricula and sustainability education, develop faculty expertise required to place chemistry content in an interdisciplinary context, and effectively use visualizations and case-based approaches to support an understanding of complex science. Participants will have the opportunity to investigate, test, and evaluate digital learning objects (DLOs) that have been developed to take advantage of the correlation between climate literacy principles and core chemistry content. Specifically, the workshop will consist of hands-on computer work with DLOs covering several of the following example topics: isotopes and their relevance in determining historical temperature records, IR absorption by greenhouse gases, acid/base chemistry and impacts on changing ocean pH, and combustion of fossil fuels and climate change; 3-hour session.

Intended Audience: UG; PC platform

No fee; limit of 25 participants

Sunday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 006 LFS


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