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Vol. 30 No. 2
March-April 2008

Goals and Outcomes of the Flying Chemist Program

The aim of the Flying Chemist Program (FCP) is to help emerging countries improve the teaching and learning of chemistry at all levels. In India in 2005, some of FCP’s predetermined goals have translated into tangible outcomes:

Goal 1. Assist in the development of curricula and help develop or recommend new assessment tools.

  • The manuscript titled “Assessment Techniques and Tools—Recent Advances” was completed for circulation amongst chemistry teachers.

Goal 2. Help develop different approaches to the teaching of chemistry, including hands-on experiences.

  • The first round of the e-Quiz competition was held April–September 2006. The second round was held July–November 2007 and included an online component.
  • The two FCP workshops (“Ten Great Ideas of Science” by Atkins) and (“Discovery Approach for Student Labs” by Lamba) were a great hit with the audience. To assist teachers in acquiring multidisciplinary skills, two interactive multimedia sample packages are ready for field-testing.
  • A prototype mobile table with built-in 12VDC supply and a mini-LPG cylinder has been fabricated. The table should facilitate the task of lecture-demonstrations in schools. The collection of demonstrations (and associated kits) should constitute another publication.
  • The booklet Small is Beautiful—a comprehensive review of the microscale approach, authored by Peter Towse a decade ago—has been updated describing some recent developments. Also, a home-kit has been designed to accompany the booklet.

Goal 3. Help develop and implement teacher-training programs.

  • A vigorous teacher-training program has been launched through a teacher creativity competition in 2006–2007. The e-Quiz competition for students is also underway, as in 2006.

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