Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your students in creative problem solving while they learn a little chemistry along the way? Introducing Smart Windows, a series of NGSS-aligned lessons developed by Nina Hike, a chemistry teacher at George Westinghouse College Prep in Chicago Public Schools, based on two summers of research she conducted with James Rondinelli, professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University.
- Learn how to implement lessons both remotely and in-person
- Have a chance to brainstorm differentiation with other practitioners
- The first 35 registrants will receive $125 Amazon gift card to purchase supplies!
Chemistry Concepts Covered:
- Electromagnetic radiation
- Energy states
- Band gaps
- Light scatter in organic materials
- Molecular structures
- Phase transitions
Design Challenge: After students learn these concepts, they then get to apply their learnings to a real-life environmental problem – how do you make buildings more energy-efficient to reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions?
This work was supported by NSF (DMR-1454688).
About the Teacher
George Westinghouse College Prep
Nina Hike has worked in Chicago Public Schools for more than 20 years as a science teacher and department chair. She is currently finishing her doctoral research on systemic racism in education.