Science Week Teams Up with ChemED

This year, Pittcon’s Science Week will be working with ChemEd to present the 25th annual ChemEd conference to North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. The conference will take place July 21st to 25th, 2019.

Pittcon is presenting 8 Teacher Workshops and sponsoring 10 others, along with donating lab equipment and materials so teachers can take what they learn back to their classrooms.

For more information and to see the full list of speakers, workshops and exhibitors, please visit:

Pittcon Sponsored Speakers

Susan Zawacky and Jean Wallace
“Three Quick Heat Capacity Demonstrations”
Participants will experience three easy displays of water’s high heat capacity: A Heat Race, A Drop of Boiling Water, and “Flaming Hands.”
Monday, July 22, 2019 / 8:00 am to 8:55 am


Rose Clark and Edward Zovinka
“Elementary Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (R.O.C.K.): We will ROCK You”
The ROCK program leads hands-on chemistry experiments and activities using mainly household products to show the importance of chemistry in day to day living.
Monday, July 22, 2019 / 8:00 am to 9:30 am


Karen Levitt
“Teaching Science with Toys for Grades K-5”
The Teaching Science with Toys workshop encourages teachers to have students ask questions about toys and then find the answers about basic principles of chemistry.
Monday, July 22, 2019 / 8:00 am to 11:15 am


Karen Levitt
“Teaching Science with Toys for Grades 6-8”
The Teaching Science with Toys workshop encourages teachers to have students ask questions about toys and then find the answers about basic principles of chemistry.
Monday, July 22, 2019 / 1:25 pm to 3:30 pm


Susan Zawacky, Jonell Kerkhoff, and Neal Dando
“Hands On Activities to Show that Light Energy is Quantized”
Using materials from the Perimeter Institute, participants will explore two activities (Measuring Planck’s Constant and Quantum Effects with Glow-Stars) showing quantum effects.
Monday, July 22, 2019 / 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Edward Zovinka and Rose Clark
“Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (R.O.C.K.): We will ROCK You”
The ROCK program leads hands-on chemistry experiments and activities using mainly household products to show the importance of chemistry in day to day living.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Target Inquiry Speakers sponsored by Pittcon

Alice Putti
Target Inquiry: “Particulate Activities for Teaching Chemistry”
Workshop participants will perform three particulate level activities in acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, and equilibrium. Participants will receive a set of manipulatives for all activities.
Monday, July 22, 2019 / 8:00 am to 8:55 am


Angela Slater
“Red Alert : A Target Inquiry Guided-Inquiry Investigation of Reaction Rates”
A Target Inquiry, NGSS-aligned, kinetics lab appropriate for introductory high school through introductory undergraduate chemistry courses. Assessment includes the use of modeling and CER.
Monday, July 22, 2019 / 2:35 pm to 3:30 pm


Chad Husting
Target Inquiry: “Periodic Table Trendsetter”
There are many periodic table labs out there. This target inquiry lab is one of the best.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / 9:10 am to 10:05 am


Chad Bridle
“Thinking Small: An Inquiry-based Curriculum for Particulate-level Chemistry”
Equip teachers with Target Inquiry curriculum and instructional practices to help them develop these conceptions early in the school year.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / 10:20 am to 11:15 am


Doug Ragan
Target Inquiry: “Avogadro’s Airbag”
The ideal gas law, chemical reactions, and mol-to-mol ratios are used to determine the quantity of reactants needed to fully inflate a bag.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / 10:20 am to 11:15 am


Deanna Cullen
“An Electrochemistry Lab developed as part of Target Inquiry”
Complete this Target Inquiry electrochemistry lab designed to make connections between macroscopic, symbolic and particulate levels. Gain confidence in teaching electrochemistry. Take home the interactive particulate level model as well as the galvanic cell that is built and used during the workshop.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / 1:25 pm to 2:20 pm


Ryan Schoenborn
“A Very Cool Investigation”
Presentation of a Target Inquiry Style Thermodynamics Lab.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 / 8:00 am to 8:55 AM


Chad Bridle
“Modeling Energy in Chemistry”
Equip teachers with curriculum (developed by AACT members) and instructional practices to help students develop a particle-level model of energy.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 – 8:00 am to 9:30 am


Doug Ragan
“Making Chemistry Visible with Magnets”
Through the use of over 100 colored circular magnets (FLINN), I have found multiple uses with them in my classroom and would love to share.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 / 9:10 am to 10:05 am


Alice Putti
“Particulate Drawings and Manipulatives”
Drawing and interpreting particulate representations are essential student skills assessed on the AP Chemistry Exam. This session covers activities/lessons that improve students’ particulate understanding.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 / 10:20 am to 11:15 am