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Open to: Grades 3-5
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: HHCM
In this course, students are introduced to the role played by chemistry in their everyday lives. Students learn about the states of matter, the changing states of matter, and colligative matter through ice melt and the freezing point of ice in laboratory investigations. They explore different types of mixtures and then make their own mixture – salad dressing. Students learn about subatomic particles and build models of atoms. They witness endothermic reactions in a bread-baking activity. During this focus on chemistry in the kitchen, students learn about enzymes, fermentation, and food preservation by doing hands-on activities. Additionally, students learn about the properties of water, chemical reactions and biological molecules, acids and bases, polymers, colors and pigments, and other concepts. Throughout the course, laboratory investigations, hands-on activities, and discussions deepen students’ understanding of the course concepts.
Materials are required for the Household Chemistry lab assignments:
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
Students must use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill PDFs in this course. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.