Dear CJ Readers,
I've been asked for some suggestions on creating a "modern-day" organic chemistry/general chemistry demonstration curriculum. Basically I'm looking for some fresh ideas on how to make the S in STEM bigger. This is what I'm looking for:
- A "modern-day" organic chemistry demonstration. I know we've all had experience with making Nylon, silly putty, etc., but was hoping for some new ideas.
- The demos need to be tailored toward K-12, and we are looking for some "hands-on" demonstrations. Something that students can do on a desk/table.
- We also would like ideas that could be "mobile." That is we can take the demos from site to site, and/or have the students take part in the demo on a bus or some type of trailer.
- Since we're dealing with K-12 the demos need to cover a range of experience. Older students could work on the more complicated demos, while the younger students can get exposure to more fun experiments.
- We are looking at developing some lesson plans as well and are thinking about making a crime scene investigation that students could work out over a course of a couple of days that would introduce some chemistry techniques that are used in the field.
I know it's asking a lot, but I would appreciate any type of feedback and/or suggestions.
With today's litigation-eager society, it's hard to come up with useful/fun/exciting organic chem applications for students. A lot of demonstrations we were exposed to growing up are unable to be performed in today (guncotton for example). That's why I'm asking for some help from you on a modern approach to organic/general chemistry demos. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your suggestions.
Signed, NZMy very preliminary suggestion - a very long time ago, I did the synthesis of aspirin in a vial, with salicyclic acid, acetic anhydride, complete with TLC.
Readers, I'm sure you can do better than that. Thoughts?