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Vol. 33 No. 6
November-December 2011

Learning with Laughter

Ingrid Montes and Lida Schoen
Ingrid Montes (left) and Lida Schoen.

On 29 July 2011, 20 high school and middle school science teachers who might otherwise be enjoying their summer breaks, gathered for a workshop to learn how to implement the Young Ambassadors for Chemistry program in their classrooms. Since 2004, the Young Ambassadors for Chemistry has been an important project of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education, with the ultimate goal of increasing public interest in chemistry (see IUPAC project 2007-005-2-050 for more details). Held at the Chemistry Department of the University of Puerto Rico–Rio Piedras in San Juan, the workshop found a highly receptive and enthusiastic audience. The teachers were guided through the workshop by Lida Schoen and Erica Steenberg, Science Across the World team members, who used a “train the teachers” approach in which the teachers perform the same experiments and exercises that they will have their students perform. Workshop participants were assisted by a friendly group of graduate students of Prof. Ingrid Montes of the Department of Chemistry.

As the photos here attest, the teachers at the workshop shared many laughs as they created and performed skits of television commercials for the creams and lotions they created in the earlier
experiments.

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