Analytical Chemistry and Environmental chemistry are ideal places for Chemistry students to interface with the community to learn all aspects of the analytical process by doing it.
FACSS Meeting October 14, 2002 Providence, RI
SERVICE LEARNING IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
Janet F. Morrison, Chemistry Department, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106
The best way to learn Analytical Chemistry is to do Analytical Chemistry, and that means solving analytical problems from problem definition to final report. Based on this idea, project experiments have been a fixture in analytical and instrumental courses at Trinity College for over 20 years. In the past decade, the decision was made to apply the resources of the students in the analytical courses to solving problems in the local neighborhood through service learning. This presentation describes some examples of these projects, including a multi-year river water study, alcohol analysis done for a neighborhood group, and a study of the safety of playground equipment for a local elementary school. The advantages of service learning and some of the difficulties encountered will be discussed.
ACS Northeast Regional Meeting - June 2000 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS A LABORATORY - TEACHING
ANALYTICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. David E. Henderson, Chemistry Department, Hebe Guardiola-Diaz,
Biology Department, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106