Mickey Sarquis, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Chemistry Education at Miami University, is an internationally recognized leader in chemistry and science education whose pioneering chemistry-based teacher enhancement and curriculum development efforts have become national and international models. She is a proponent of active learning and has received numerous teaching and service awards, including the Chemical Manufacturers Association National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching. She has published more than 60 books (including the popular Teaching Science with TOYS series), monographs, chapters, and articles and is a widely traveled guest lecturer and tour speaker. She is an active member of ACS, presently serving as a member of Council representing DivCHED, member of ACS Committee on Community Activities, Program Chair for the 2006 Biennial Chemical Education Conference to be held at Purdue University, and many other DivCHED committees. Mickey also served in the DivCHED chair succession (2001-2003), as the first high school editor of the Journal of Chemical Education (1979-1996), and as PolyEd liaison (1986-1995).
Sarquis-Hogue Team Presenters: Sarquis and Hogue have worked together for more than 15 years developing chemistry-based toys lessons for teachers and students of all ages. They have made numerous plenary and invited presentations at ACS meetings, teacher meetings, and in-school special events for teachers and students. Themes of these presentations include kinesthetic activities, visualization in chemistry, student motivation to learn chemistry, using toys as a learning tool, and meeting the diverse needs of learners through an array of teaching strategies. In 2003-2004 alone, this dynamic team presented in Russia, England, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Chile, and Brazil and throughout the U.S.
Lowering Students' Activation Energy for Learning Chemistry
Reunite the fun, hands-on with the mental, minds-on aspects of chemistry through the multi-sensory interactions, visualizations, and modeling, storytelling, thought-provoking demonstrations, pop culture, and plain old fun. By combining the affective and cognitive domains, these strategies have been proven increase student motivation, conceptual understanding, and performance. During this presentation, you will experience dramatizations that explain complex chemical phenomenon; see how models can be used to depict chemical reactions, dissolving, and activation energy; learn how ping pong balls and paperclips can help students visualize elements and compounds and learn to write chemical formulas; and lots more.
Using Toys Creatively in Chemistry
What's the chemistry of a self-inflating balloon? or a drinking bird? or popular magician's tricks like putting a needle through a balloon? This presentation will make you smile and may bring out your inner child. See how simple toys and common household items can be used to unlock the mysteries of chemistry. All activities were developed by the Center for Chemistry Education through funding from the National Science Foundation, the Ohio Board of Regents, and Miami University. If you agree that play is learning without punishment, then you'll also agree that toys are ideal tools for learning science. Toys have the capability of uniting fun, hands-on play with minds-on learning. Feel like a kid again as you explore ways to use toys in your outreach programs, to spice up your classes, or to use with your own kids or grandkids. Become involved in the steps of the scientific method while solving the secrets of the Fortune Teller Miracle Fish. Find out what's so magic about Magic Sand. Many other toys will be demonstrated. All activities are user friendly, hands-on, highly motivational, and appealing to children no matter what their real age. You'll never look at toys the same way again.