Welcome to the Learn ChE Lesson Plan page! Below you will find a description of our first (of many) lesson plan(s) developed for you to use advanced scientific programs/techniques to increase engagement in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Environmental Science. If you would like to use the lesson plan, explore the resources below and learn more about what we have been up to. Additionally, you can see any upcoming events where you can receive training in our lesson plan so that its easier for you to deploy it in your classrooms!
Lesson Plan - Modelling Green House Gases
Topic: Exploring the molecular mechanisms that cause certain gases to contribute to global warming using the open-access IQMol modelling software
Suggested Courses: AP Environmnetal Science, Environmental Science, Chemistry
Length of Lesson: 2 Class Periods with 2 HW's and a Pre-Class assignment
Authors: Meredith Brandon (HMSA), Kareesa Kron (USC PhD), Shaama Sharada (USC Faculty)
Support from: USC, USC CARC, HMSA
The folder with the summary information should talk about requesting access to the answer documents but if there are any difficulties downloading or accessing the materials email email@example.com for more help!
Oct 24 Webinar for High School Teachers interested in receiving training in IQMol and this lesson plan. To RSVP go to: viterbik12.usc.edu/chem-ed/
If you can't make this webinar but would like to receive training in this lesson plan, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will gladly arrange for a graduate student to help or will send follow up information on any additional hosted Webinars.
The Webinar will also be posted in this page when the event is complete
Develop Virtual Lesson Plans
WChE and other USC students have begun work to develop lessons plans that can be taught on Zoom or similar virtual platforms that focus on some particular topic in STEM and that cover concepts taught in a variety of high school STEM subjects. By working independently and with high school teachers, you can design engaging lessons that introduce complex topics related to your field or research and give high school students a more in-depth understanding of difficult topics. An example lesson plan is available above and outlines how a high school teacher can use IQMol, a molecular modelling software, and IR spectra to explain how greenhouses gasses can contribute to global warming. While this lesson is particularly fun in that students get to run computational jobs related to the topic, there are endless possibilities about how hands-on learning can take place in virtual environments. If you are interested in developing and testing out a lesson plan on a new topic please fill out the form below and a member of WChE will reach out to support you and work to connect you with interested USC Students who can help you develop a lesson plan that focuses on a particular topic of interest.