EVENTS

Chemistry Education: Poetry and Play

Event Information

Event Venue: 
Regis College
Event Date: 
Sat, 05/03/2014

Join us for the Central Division meeting at Regis College in Weston, MA.  Professor  Mala Radhakrishan of Wellesley College will lead participants in a writing workshop.  Leslie Bishop, NEACT Central Division chair and Regis College professor, will share her experiences introducing elementary students to chemistry activities.  Registration opens at 8:30 am  and the program begins at 9:00 am.
Location:  College Hall, Room 202
 
 
Dr. Mala Radhakrishnan
Humanizing chemistry through poetry, personification, analogy, and language
There's a reason why "chemistry.com" is actually a dating website -- our own personal quests for happiness and stability can often serve as useful analogies to help understand and explain the behavior of atoms and molecules as they go about their business.  In this workshop, we will explore how personification of chemical species, poetry, storytelling, and analogy can be useful ways to understand rigorous chemical concepts by making the material familiar, memorable, and humanized.  Through writing our own narrative verse about chemical and physical phenomena, we will also discuss the limitations of analogies and other models in understand science.  Finally, I will also read poems from my book of humorous, educational poetry, _Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances_ and will discuss how I have encouraged students to creatively engage with chemistry both through using everyday language and ideas to describe complex chemical phenomena and by using discipline-specific chemical language to describe everyday phenomena.    
 
Dr. Leslie Bishop
Inspiring Our Future - Science and Math Enrichment at the Regis College Children’s Center and the Academy at Regis College
As we know, it is so important that children are exposed to science and math to spark interest and curiosity.  It is the hope that their excitement is generated as early as possible and sustained as they continue their education.  Learn how the enrichment team at Regis College is carrying out this quest.  Many manipulatives used in this program can easily be adapted for the high school and college chemistry classrooms.  Attendees will have the opportunity to explore and play with many of them.  We are all still kids at heart!
 
If planning to attend, please RSVP to Leslie Bishop (leslie.bishop@regiscollege.edu) by April 26, 2014

Directions

The division meeting will take place in College Hall, Room 202 (building #1 on the college map)

 

If traveling north on I-95/Route 128
Take Exit 24 to Route 30 west. Continue on Route 30 west for 1.9 miles. Turn right at Wellesley Street. Continue to follow Wellesley Street for 0.7 miles. Regis College is on the left.

If traveling south on I-95/Route 128
Take Exit 26 to Route 20 west. Turn left at School Street. Continue to follow School Street for 0.5 miles. Take a slight right at Wellesley Street. Continue to follow Wellesley Street for 0.8 miles. Regis College is on the right.

If traveling east on I-90 (Mass. Pike)
Take exit 13 to Route 30 east. Continue to follow Route 30 for 5 miles. Turn left at Wellesley Street. Continue to follow Wellesley Street for 0.7 miles. Regis College is on the left.

If traveling west on I-90 (Mass. Pike)
Take exit 15 to Route 30 west. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Route 30/Weston. Continue to follow Route 30 for 1.9 miles. Turn right at Wellesley Street. Continue to follow Wellesley Street for 0.7 miles. Regis College is on the left.
 
Link for campus map:  http://www.regiscollege.edu/UserFiles/File/about_regis/regis_map.pdf
Link for directions to Regis College:  http://www.regiscollege.edu/about_regis/directions.cfm