|Everyday Organic Chemistry|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 21-Mar|
Organic chemistry gets a bad rap. It is widely believed to be one of the most difficult of the core science subjects, and its adjective has been hijacked by the food industry to mean something quite different. It is simply the chemistry of carbon, and is both us and much of the world around us. At the everyday level, organic chemistry is both simple and elegant, simple because it obeys a small number of rules and elegant in its beauty and versatility. This course, offers a grand tour of some of the organic compounds, both natural and synthetic, that shape our lives.
Coordinator: John Ward
John has a Masters in Chemistry from Oxford and an MBA from Manchester. He has spent most of his career in New York financial services industry, and has a lifelong love of chemistry.
|Using Childrens Literature to Teach Science|
|Session||First 6 weeks 1-Feb|
This six week course will prepare participants to teach simple science concepts to anyone, especially their children and grandchildren. Pat received the Connecticut Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for her program Using Children's Literature to Teach Science. She created the website which contains 100 books, each linked to a simple, basic science activity. Each week she will cover one aspect of science: physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth science, and life science. The text will come from the free website: www.intranet.cshgreenwich.orgheartNetchildrensLitAndScience.asp. Participants should bring scissors, tape, glue stick, Elmer‚Äôs glue, ruler, crayons or colored pencils, and several pennies to class.
Coordinator: Patricia McKean
Pat was a classroom science teacher for 44 years, starting at the college level and ending in pre-school through 4th grade. She has presented teacher and student workshops nationally and internationally and specializes in teaching science through literature. She currently serves as a science education consultant and as a peer reviewer for the National Science Teachers Association's journal Science and Children.