Article below from the CW.
ASM Materials Camps gives local teachers something to do with their studentsTeachers ask students to say a lot of things, but the ASM Materials Camp teaches teachers how to get their students to express wonder.
“The philosophy of the camps is to give students a ‘Wow!’ or ‘What the heck’ moment to get their attention,” said Martin Bakker, associate professor of chemistry.
The five-day camp concluded last week and covered about 50 different affordable, hands-on activities.
“The purpose of the camp is to give middle and high school science and math teachers hands on experiments/demonstrations that their students can do,” he said. “These experiments are interesting for the students, and so they are motivated to learn the science that underpins the experiment,” he said.
The 23 middle and high school teachers who participated received continuing education credit for the camp.
“All teachers love to learn something new that they can take back to their classroom,” Bakker said. “They also leave with samples of the materials so that they can do it in their own classes.”
One activity included constructing clay pots, which were then heated to 1200 degrees in an oven, until they glowed orange.