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Release Date Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Science Teachers Learn Green Chemistry Activities for their Classrooms

Mines chemistry lecturer Tsvetanka Filipova, Ph.D., is leading the "Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy Education" professional development program for teachers.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 13, 2016) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is leading 24 middle and high school science teachers through hands-on green chemistry investigations that they might take back to their classrooms.

The “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy Education” professional development opportunity at the South Dakota Mines campus continues through Friday.

Green chemistry refers to chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate hazardous substances. Incorporating green chemistry into middle and high school curricula puts chemistry in an entirely different perspective than ever before, said Tsvetanka Filipova, Ph.D., Mines chemistry lecturer who is leading the professional development program for teachers.

Activities that use low-cost and safe materials should be especially beneficial for teachers at schools with few resources for science activities. Learning activities covered this week include practices, crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas from the framework for South Dakota K-12 science education standards.

“Green chemistry broadens student’s connections with nature and the environment, deepens their understanding of environmental challenges facing society and provides motivation to develop science projects related to those challenges. We also hope it can inspire some to pursue careers in science or engineering,” Filipova said.

Participating teachers are from Oglala Lakota and Hill City School districts, Rapid City School district, Northwestern Area School, Little Wound, Loneman School, Harding County, Red Cloud Indian school, Sanborn Central school, Calvary Christian school, Lemmon school, Lead Deadwood school and St. Thomas More school. Educators teach middle school science classes and high school chemistry, physical science, AP chemistry, physics and biology. One is a kindergarten teacher.

The program is sponsored by a No Child Left Behind grant from the South Dakota Board of Regents and is a collaborative effort between South Dakota Mines, BHSU, Oglala Lakota County School District and Hill City School District.

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