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WKU GSKyTeach research presented at international chemistry conference

Research from WKU’s GSKyTeach program was presented recently at the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (PAC CHEM™) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Caleb B. Johnson, (left) a GSKyTeach graduate and a chemistry teacher at Southern High School in Louisville, and Dr. Martha M. Day, Associate Professor of Science Education and Executive Director of GSKyTeach, presented their research poster titled “From STEM to STEAM: Thermodynamics and the art of Japanese Swordsmithing” at the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (PAC CHEM™) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Caleb B. Johnson (left) and Dr. Martha M. Day presented their WKU GSKyTeach research poster titled “From STEM to STEAM: Thermodynamics and the art of Japanese Swordsmithing” at the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (PAC CHEM™) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Caleb B. Johnson, a GSKyTeach graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching program and a chemistry teacher at Southern High School in Louisville, and Dr. Martha M. Day, Associate Professor of Science Education and Executive Director of GSKyTeach, presented their research poster titled “From STEM to STEAM: Thermodynamics and the art of Japanese Swordsmithing.”

The research detailed innovations in chemistry education through the incorporation of inquiry learning, real-world experiences and connections with technology, engineering, and mathematics in secondary education.

The research activity was supported through a five-year, $5.4 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant awarded to WKU by the United States Department of Education in 2009.

The Dec. 15-20 research conference was sponsored jointly by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Korean Chemical Society (KCS), and the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS). The American Chemical Society was the host society for the 2015 Congress. Founded in 1984, the PacifiChem conference is held every five years.

Contact: Martha Day, martha.day@wku.edu

 

 

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