Sustainable Chemistry Labs for High School

Event Information

Event Venue: 
Woodstock Academy, Woodstock CT
Event Date: 
Sat, 11/04/2017

The Western Division Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 4th at Woodstock Academy in beautiful Woodstock, CT.
Workshop description
Many ​traditional labs use chemicals that cannot be put down the drain and often put our students at risk if not handled properly. However, there are many inexpensive, greener labs that teach the same chemistry content in a safer, more cost effective way. Together with experienced classroom teachers, participants will get hands-on time with exciting green chemistry labs while collaborating with each other to share questions and ideas. The workshop will be led Annette Sebuyira and Raksmey Derival, Lead Teachers from Beyond Benign, an organization dedicated to promoting green chemistry principles and practice at the K-12 level. Participants will walk away with relevant open access resources that increase student engagement while increasing classroom safety.


Schedule for the Morning
8:30   Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00   Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
9:15   Introduction to Green Chemistry
           and Hands-on Activities
10:30       Break
11:45       Wrap up and Closing remarks
The meeting will be held in the newly renovated chemistry lab at Woodstock Academy. Parking is located in the faculty lot behind the school.
Woodstock Academy, Room 215
57 Academy Road
Woodstock, CT 06281


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RSVP and/or Questions to Sharon Geyer


The presenters:
Annette Sebuyira
Annette grew up as one of ten siblings and is fluent in seven languages, including Swahili.  Annette received her BS in biochemistry at Elmira College and went on to earn her Master’s in Science Education from State University of New York at Albany. Since 1991, Annette has taught at Guilderland High School in New York. She also teaches both forensics and chemistry for Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA). During summer 2013, Annette participated in the Green Chemistry Summer Institute for high school teachers at Siena College and has since been implementing green chemistry principles and practice into her chemistry curriculum.
Raks Derival
Raksmey received her undergraduate degree from Suffolk University where she majored in biochemistry with a concentration in forensic science. Raks worked in drug testing and green chemistry research labs for six years before becoming an educator. She spent four years at Beyond Benign as a program manager for K-12 educational outreach where her work included training high school and college students in green chemistry practices, creating green chemistry lesson plans, and helping science teachers incorporate safer chemistry practices in the classroom. Raks now teaches chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, and forensic science classes at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, MA. She's a proud Lead Teacher at Beyond Benign, and enjoys playing sports with her 2 young sons.