Session S55c (Wednesday, 5:15pm, Willaman Gateway)

P877: In the classroom: Stratospheric ozone and climate change

Michael Mury (American Chemical Society, USA), Cathy Middlecamp (University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA)

Both in the college and in the high school chemistry curriculum, the topics of stratospheric ozone and climate change are important vehicles not only to engage students in learning about the issues, but also to teach fundamental principles of chemistry.  Two projects of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Chemistry in Context (CiC) and/ Chemistry in the Community(ChemCom), have a track record that spans over 25 years.  The college text, Chemistry in Context, now is reaching over 25,000 students yearly in its 7th edition.  The high school text, Chemistry in the Community, has reached over 2.2 million students and teachers in its six editions. Chemistry in Context features full-length chapters on the ozone hole and on climate change. Chemistry in the Community interweaves the atmosphere and climate change throughout the unit that teaches students about gases and developing scientific investigations around the topic of air.  This presentation describes the approach of the ACS in developing chemistry-literate and science-literate citizens by presenting chemistry in the context of real-world issues, particularly those that relate to sustainability.


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