Activities and Workshops

These are summaries of some workshops and hands-on activities by David A. Katz

Demonstrations and activities are an essential part of active learning. A recent report has confirmed that students get better grades and fail less when professors use active-learning methods in the classroom (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2014, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1319030111).

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Determining pH with Red Cabbage Paper with Teacher Preparation Notes

Light and Color Workshop This workshop includes the visual electromagnetic spectrum, build a spectroscope, build an overhead projector spectroscope, and more:

Atmospheric and Earth Chemistry: This workshop consists of a series of activities:

Forensics: Forensics activities include identification of a suspect, fingerprinting, ink analysis, handwriting analysis, fibers and fiber analysis, hair analysis, blood drop studies, drug testing, DNA isolation, and DNA testing. The directions for these activities are distributed in my workshops and classes on a CD-ROM. The source for forensic materials that I use in class is Tri-Tech, Inc.