Putting the Green in the Next Generation Science Standards
A series of green chemistry events aimed at K-12 science teachers will be held this coming year, hosted by the GVSU Chemistry Department, the Regional Math and Science Center, and the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse. The series will focus on supporting K-12 teachers in developing lesson plans and activities that integrate green chemistry and sustainability into teaching and learning in their classrooms. The primary objectives of these sessions will be to:
- increase awareness in K-12 education about green and sustainable chemistry,
- form communities of teachers who are interested in green chemistry, and
- encourage collaboration to develop green chemistry curriculum.
Included will be discussions on how Green Chemistry concepts relate to the NGSS: Next Generation Science Standards (pending adoption).
For more background information about the program, checkout the first in a series of webinars, entitled The Missing Link: Green Chemistry for the NGSS, that was aired on May 8th 2013.
PDF and video recording of the webinar presentation is now available.
The blogs listed below are created by the participants of the Green Next Generation Science Standards program. They will include experiences by the participants of integrating green chemistry into their classrooms and labs, and also eventually resources, course material, and links for other teachers to join in "greening" of their courses.
"Greening the School Science Lab," this month's free Science Department Safety Training Note from Flinn, offers easy ways to "go green" by reducing the use and generation of hazardous substances. Share these simple principles at your next department meeting to improve lab safety and protect the environment.
To view and/or print "Greening the School Science Lab," please go to: http://www.flinnsci.com/snnovember13
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is offering three concurrent Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) workshops prior to the MSTA annual conference. The workshops are intended for teachers and non-formal educators and will focus on climate change, energy resources, and water quality. Attendees will receive all unit materials and instruction for only $35! Register here!
The 2013 Michigan Science Teachers Associations Fall Newsletter is now available online. This season's issue features a molecular modeling activity in which students gain a better understanding of how particle behavior leads to changes in matter. The activity is also connected to the NGSS Core Ideas. The activity is found on page 12 of the newsletter.
Subsequent activities in the series include workshops for lesson plan development and networking opportunities at the following conferences:
- MSTA in Lansing on March 7-8, 2014.
The series will conclude with an all-day workshop session on May 1, 2014 on the GVSU Allendale Campus. In addition, opportunities related to the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at GVSU, August 2-7, 2014 will be available to those participants that complete the series.
- May 8, 2013: Webinar - The Missing Element: Green Chemistry for the Next Generation Science Standard
- August 13, 2013: Workshop – Putting the Green in the Next Generation Science
- October 24, 2013: Workshop – Putting the Green in the Next Generation Science, a session held during the 2013 Michigan Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.
- November 20, 2013: Workshop – Fall Science Update at GVSU (Grand Rapids Campus).
The first workshop in the series was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. This workshop was offered at no cost. Participants were introduced to the principles of Green Chemistry and how these principles can be applied in the classroom. The workshop was intended to facilitate interested teachers in meeting and organizing collaborative groups to develop green and sustainable chemistry and integrated engineering and science lesson plans based on the Next Generation Science Standards.
The next event in this series was a session held at the 2013 Michigan Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference on October 24 at GVSU Eberhard Center. The session was held to allow educators participating in the program to further develop and integrate green chemistry into their lab and classroom curriculum.
On Thursday, November 7 the Calvin College Chemistry Seminar welcomed Calvin’s own Dr. Crystal Bruxvoort from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Dr. Bruxvoort presented on scientific and engineering practices in the K-12 classroom.
Green Chemistry Resources Links
- Next-generation Science Apps for Education, including apps for the Next Generations Sceince Standards, chemistry video demonstrations, and K-12 resources.
- Information about Green Chemistry from the EPA
- Pfizer Corporation and they innovative ways they are using Green Chemistry.
- A Formula for Building a Green Chemistry Future
- Green Chemistry Innovation Case Study: Nike
- Pfizer’s Financial Benefit from Using Green Chemistry
- Greening Across the Curriculum
- Greener Educational Materials (GEMs) for Chemists
- Greening Schools Curriculum Resources
- Green Chemistry Labs
- Green Chemistry in the Teaching Laboratory
- PBS Learning Video on Green Chemistry
- What are Endocrine Disruptors?
- Beyond Benign Green Chemistry Resources
- Beyond Benign Homepage
- Green Chemistry Network
- Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse
- American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute
- Department of Ecology State of Washington-Hazardous Waste and Toxins Reduction