Lincoln-Way Chemistry Teachers Bring Back Chem SouthWednesday, October 4, 2017
On Thursday, September 21, Lincoln-Way teachers welcomed chemistry teachers from the south suburbs to Lincoln-Way East to restart Chem South meetings. Chem South allows local teachers to connect and collaborate with other chemistry teachers from around the area.
Lincoln-Way Central teachers, Liz Hamann and Lauren Gbur, along with Lincoln-Way East teacher, Carlie Premo, put together this learning experience for Chemistry educators.
“With this reboot of the organization, chemistry teachers can learn so much from one another and having Liz, Lauren, and Carlie at the helm has great impact for the Chemistry department and District 210,” says Sarah Highfill, Lincoln-Way Central Science Department Chair.
Chem South originated a few years ago through Lincoln-Way chemistry teachers. This year, the department wanted to bring back their meetings which will alternate between the Lincoln-Way East Campus and Lincoln-Way Central Campus.
At the first meeting of this school year, the theme was “Start the Year off Right.” Teachers brought examples of a beginning of the year activity that they love to do in their classrooms, and shared with the group. One of the highlights was a homemade Hoffman apparatus, a great way to show that compounds can be separated by energy. The Hoffman apparatus uses energy from a battery, and decomposes water into hydrogen and oxygen.
The upcoming Chem South meeting is planned for Thursday, November 2 at Lincoln-Way Central.