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Chemistry Curriculum

ScienceBridge Labs (professionally designed): 

Enzyme-Substrate Reactions

Students will use tyrosinase extracted from mushrooms to create an enzymatic reaction under different conditions. After comparing the results of each condition, it is clear which factors affect enzyme function.

Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification is a phenomenon related to current global climate changes, and is becoming a major threat to marine ecosystems ranging from tropical coral reefs to the chilly waters of the Antarctic. In this lesson, students observe and investigate the mechanisms driving ocean acidification. The lesson and lab make connections to basic chemical principles such as acids/bases and the pH scale.

Sense-able Smells

Students learn that odors are molecules that have a specific shape. Students also learn why chemists write chemicals the way they do!

Socrates (graduate student designed):

CSI: Chemistry Scene Investigation

Graduate Fellow Carmen Vélez & Teacher Partner Colleen Robinson

Students investigate the chemistry behind forensic science, solving a mystery of who destroyed the classroom through separation techniques, including column chromatography. 

Electron Density1 / Solutions and Mixtures2

Graduate Fellow Zephen Specht & Teacher Partner Duke Raley

1: Students explore electron density and nodes, along with orbital shape. 2: Students explore heterogeneous and homogeneous solutions, solubility of gases, liquids, and solids, and explore a computer simulation. 

Environmental Spices1 / Daphnia Toxicity2 / Kool Aid Chromatography3

Graduate Fellow Nellie Shaul & Teacher Partner Lisa Yoneda

1: A year-long activity in which students design and implement a water sampling and analysis plan to look for presence of baking and cooking spices in local water supplies. 2: Introduces students to the experiment toxicologists use to determine how toxic substances are to model organisms. 3: This lesson introduces students to solid phase extraction chromatography. 

Kinesthetic Kinetics1 / Plenty of Plastics2

Graduate Fellow John Goeltz & Teacher Partner Rachel Stein

1: Students explore the concept of activation energy kinesthetically. 2: Students experimentally determine relative densities of recycleable plastics and solutions. 

Nanoparticles in the Classroom

Graduate Fellow Kristina Mitchell & Teacher Partner Colleen Robinson

Students are introduced to the concept of "nano" and one potential use of nanoparticles in medicine. 

Pharma-chemistry in the classroom: Synthesis and analysis of an antibacterial from aspirin

Graduate Fellow Emily Satkiewicz & Teacher Partner Jewyl Clarke

Students learn about the processes by which drugs are discovered and designed, and mimic that process through performing a synthesis and subsequent analysis. 

Releasing Stored Energy in Pond Scum

Graduate Fellow Jillian Blatti & Teacher Partner Jenelle Javier

Students explore the principles behind biofuels.

Save Our Chemist! Separating a mixture of aspirin and acetaminophen using extraction techniques

Graduate Fellow Gabriel Reyes-RodrÍguez & Teacher Partner Colleen Robinson

In this activity, students are able to learn about college-level organic chemistry concepts including solubility, polarity, attraction forces, acid/base reactions, and extractions. 

Sense-able Smells

Graduate Fellow Andro Rios & Teacher Partner Gerald French

This activity, through the use of pleasant-smelling molecules, gives students the necessary introduction to organic structures and the skills in interpreting molecular representations that will carry over to molecules introduced in biology.

Solutions and Mixtures

Graduate Fellow Kristina Mitchell & Teacher Partner Sara Dozier

Students create their own working definition of a solution based on observations of familiar items. 

SOS: Save Our Shells

Graduate Fellow Kate Hanson & Teacher Partner Rachel Stein

Students observe and investigate the mechanisms driving ocean acidification. The lesson and lab make connections to basic chemical principles such as acids/bases and the pH scale.

Stem Cells and Smart Materials

Graduate Fellow Ameya Phadke & Teacher Partner Ryan Benedict

This lesson plan allows students to develop an understanding of how cells can respond to changes in their environment, with an emphasis on stem cells (emphasis on cell signaling mechanisms/organelle function/central dogma).

X-citing Chemistry: X-Ray fluorescence of deep-sea mud

Graduate Fellow Johnnie Lyman & Teacher Partner Duke Raley

Using fluorescent beads, students explore the use of light as an investigative tool in oceanography. Using this knowledge, they then analyze a real deep-sea scenrio involving changes in lead concentration off the coast of San Diego.