Watched the video "Lab Accident at Jefferson High" (see below) as an introduction to lab safety. There are questions embedded in the video towards the end that you can use to help you review for Tuesday's Safety Test.
After brainstorming individually on the question "What is Science?", we watched a diverse group of scientists from all different disciplines share their ideas of what science is. After reflecting on these thoughts and their own, students finished the following prompt: "Science is..."
Our next topic of discussion is laboratory safety, the most important rule of which deals with eye safety. To demonstrate the effect of an acid splash to the eyes, sulfuric acid was placed on cow eyes for different lengths of time to show the varying level of damage (play the video below for a synopsis of the demonstration and explanation). Bottom line...chemical damage begins to the eye immediately...it is imperative that you always wear your goggles and act immediately in an emergency.
Lab safety contracts were passed out today; signed copy is due back on Friday, 9/1...lab safety test will be given on Tuesday, 9/5.
Welcome to Chemistry!
As we begin the new school year, we took a look at how we can come in each day and approach our mission this year in chemistry according to the motto:
We can accomplish this by being ready to learn each day and also by working together collaboratively towards a common goal...developing a deeper, more relevant understanding of the world around us and how chemistry applies to it. We have a flipped classroom, which allows to use active learning methods in our face-to-face time...things like small-group team-based POGIL activities, guided practice exercises, and lab exercises. Today, we focused on why it's important to be able to work in teams. Give a common set of instructions, students found that they were both more confident and produced a better end-product when they worked as a team.
This area will contain an overview of what was discussed/performed each day in class.