Programming for Chemical Educators

Saturday, May 17

  • POGIL Workshop (8:30 am – 4 pm, capacity 40)
    This free workshop introduces the philosophy and methodology of Process Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning (POGIL). Participants experience the approach from a student's perspective, analyze the design of POGIL activities, and are introduced to various instructional techniques that support a student-centered learning environment. Data documenting the success of this approach are presented, and materials for general, organic, and physical chemistry are available for examination.
    To participate in this workshop, you need to register at You need not register for the MARM meeting to attend this workshop, although you are encouraged to do so, as the Chemical Education program on Sunday, May 18 includes presentations on implementations of POGIL and other recent innovations in teaching chemistry.
  • Chemagination (1 – 5 pm)

ChemaginationFor this competition, high school students are asked to imagine that they are living 25 years in the future and have been invited to write an article for ChemMatters, a magazine for high school students that focuses on the role of chemistry in everyday life. The subject of the article is: “Describe a recent breakthrough or innovation in chemistry and/or its applications that has improved the quality of people’s lives today.” The article is written to fit in one of four categories (Alternative Energy Resources, Environment, Medicine/Health, or New Materials). In addition to the article, students are asked to design a cover for the magazine. The article must be written as if the student is living in the year 2033, looking back at innovations that have occurred since 2008.

Student participants will be given free registration to MARM 2008. For additional information see the Chemagination Flyer and contact Dr. Vijaya Korlipara ().

  • Project SEED (1 – 5 pm)
    The New York Section is celebrating 40 years of participation in project SEED along with the national Committee on Project SEED. This poster session will present some of the best posters prepared by New York Section students last summer.
  • Making the most of being a Student Affiliate (2 pm – 4 pm)
    The financial benefits of being an ACS Student Affiliate are tangible – reduced meeting registration fees, special student rates on journals and courses, and discounted prices with selected companies. Affiliation also has a wealth of less tangible but more important benefits. This interactive session will highlight ways to benefit both financially and professionally. Participants will explore how they can develop their professional network, explore career options, and position themselves for successful careers.

Sunday, May 18

  • Tapping into the excitement: Strategies for building – or rebuilding – a Student Affiliates chapter (9 am – 12 pm)
    The process of establishing or reactivating a Student Affiliates chapter is an exciting one. Participants in this interactive workshop will explore strategies to help make it successful as well. Ideas for engaging others, conducting business, planning events, and raising funds will be discussed. Approaches for developing leadership skills will also be shared.

  • NY Section Nichols Teacher Forum (9am – 11 am)
    For many years, the New York Section has selected a teacher to receive the Nichols High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award. Each has an extensive resume and much experience. A number of recent awardees will speak about their experience and their views of the future of chemistry education. This will be followed by an open forum with questions and discussion from the floor.

Some of the forum speakers include:
Mr. Richard Goodman, 2004 and ACS Conant award 2007, Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua.
Ms. Najla Hallak, 2000, Channel View School for Research, Rockaway Park
Mr. Harry Kranepool, 1996, Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn
Mr. Stephen Radice, 2007, E. R. Morrow High School, Brooklyn
Ms. Kris Wynne-Jones, 1999, Poly Prep Country Day School, Brooklyn

  • Chemical Education Sessions (8:30 am – 12 pm, 1:30 – 5 pm)
    The two sessions on Chemical Education focus on innovative curriculum materials and instructional strategies that engage students in learning and promote the development of critical learning-process skills. Topics most relevant to introductory and general chemistry are included in the first session (AM), and organic chemistry and more general topics are covered in the second session (PM). Each presentation is expected to have at least one take-home message or insight.

  • Probeware Workshop and Chemical Demonstrations for pre-college educators (2 – 5 pm)

Monday, May 19

  • Probeware Workshop for undergraduate educators (2 – 5 pm)