Chalmette High Educators Attend Pittcon in New Orleans

The Times-Picayune
March 24, 2015
By Barry Lemoine

Bringing science to life was the aim of three Chalmette High School educators when they went to the New Orleans Convention Center to take part in the recent Pittcon Expo, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science.

Ninth grade science teachers Jan Hughes, Aimee Whitesell, Cindy Gabb and nearly thirty of her students attended this event to get a hands-on look at the latest innovations.

Pittcon stands for the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy and offers more than 100 short courses in a wide range of topics and the once-a-year chance to network with colleagues. The expo attracts more than 16,000 attendees from over 90 countries.

Gabb had attended in the past and said the experience was “awesome.”

She said the expo gives participants a hands-on look at the latest laboratory instrumentation and the chance to talk with technical experts.

“The people presenting are either teachers or former teachers who share new strategies and ways to implement them in the classroom,” Gabb said. “The overall goal is to generate interest and knowledge in science for our students.”