On this web-page we will mainly gather material from the Nordic IYC Chemistry teachers conference, held in Stockholm on October 28-29 2011.

Eventually, if there is a need for it, we will also tell about other rescources, in English or Swedish. If you wish to contribute, contact viviann@krc.su.se

 

Lectures:
Claus Feldby, Copenhagen university:
Energy and materials from Biomass

Sir Harold Kroto, U.S.A:
The impact of GooYouWikiWorld on education  and  student success

Per-Odd Eggen, Trondheim Technical university:
Experiments and practices in electrochemistry

Cesar Pay Gomez, Uppsala university:
The end of the beginning - on quasicrystals

Niklas von Weymarn, VTT, Finland:
The role of Research and Development in the paper and pulp industry

 

School authorities on chemistry education

Keld Nielsen, in Denmark

Marja Montonen, in Finland

Valgedur Gudjonsdottir, in Iceland

Per-Odd Eggen, in Norway

Claes Andersson, in Sweden


Theatre play

Stig Olsson and  Karin Axberg

History

Experiments


The virtual laboratory

In The Virtual Laboratory students can perform experiments that are impossible to carry out for economic-, safety- or time-related reasons. The procedures that can be applied are technically correct, and it is possible to use techniques such as gene design and synthesis, genetic engineering, fermentation, tests in a washing machine and mouse experiments. The virtual laboratory is designed to give users an experience of being in a real lab through stylish 3D animations of what happens at the molecular leven, and our tests at more than 10 high schools show that it is  extremely efficient for both e-learning and motivation of young people. The virtual laboratory can be used directly in any Internet browser without the need for installation. Future excercises in chemistry and molecular biology are planned.

 

Work-shops from the Conference:

Fire, flames and risk assessment

Abstract: Teachers may complain that students are mainly interested in bombs and explosive reactions concerning chemistry. Maybe we can use that, and see what chemistry, important in school chemistry courses, there is in fire and explosions? Here are some experiments, to be assessed by other teachers for the possibility to teach some ”real chemistry” and achieve goals set up by school curricula, by showing somewhat spectacular, but reasonably safe experiments.

 

Alternative in chemistry teaching

about teaching modern electrochemistry  (litiumbattries) and batteesa task for students to build a battery

 

Kitchen chemistry
The reasons for teching kitchen chemistry are several. Here are a few nice experiments presented in pp mode

Water, a chemical solution, a global project

This is connected to the project "The world´s biggest experiment?", set up by the committee for IYC, but there are good reasons for letting the experiments continue after the International Year of Chemistry is over.