Purpose of this Site

Welcome to the Teachers Resources for ChemCom®. This site acts as a gathering place for teachers of ChemCom® to exchange information and files with each other. All ChemCom® teachers are invited to upload and download information, relating to the standard eight ChemCom® topics, that they have constructed and believe to be useful in the day to day teaching of this course. This includes supplemental worksheets, labs and lab revisions, demonstrations and projects.

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What is ChemCom®

Even though the US stands as the world leader in science and technology, concern has been raised about the nationís general science literacy by members of the government, educators and parents.

ChemCom® is a chemistry curriculum written for secondary school students by the American Chemical Society (ACS). It attempt to enhance science literacy by emphasizing chemistryís impact on society. It is aimed at the student who will become a citizen but not necessarily a scientist in a technological society.

The program was developed by the ACS with National Science Foundation funding. The program had its beginning in 1980. Committees of high science teachers university educators, scientists and social science consultants worked in teams to develop 8 units comprise the ChemCom® Curriculum
The program was field tested and revised in the mid 80ís It was first published in 1988 by Kendall Hunt. It is about to go into its third edition.

ChemCom® takes a different approach to the learning of chemistry. Each of the eight units revolves around a societal question. This question creates a need to know chemistry to find a solution. The context of each question is a community: local, workplace, national,or global. The chemistry presented to the students builds upon the same vocabulary, thinking skills, problem solving and lab techniques as most traditional introductory chemistry courses. However in ChemCom® the student is lead to integrate what they have learned to see how it addresses issues in the real world. This is accomplished through many decision making activities that are a part of the course. It is the long term goal of the curriculum to present to the students the need and the skills to acquire technical knowledge to make intelligent decisions for themselves and for the communities in which they belong.

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ChemCom® is a registered trademark of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  The information posted at this site are materials that ChemCom® teachers have developed for their classes.  These activities have not been provided by, or endorsed by, the ACS; nor does the ACS guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information provided at this site.  The ACS makes no representation or warranty about the information provided at this site.  Furthermore, the ACS disclaims any liability or responsibility associated with the information at this site.  

The standard eight ChemCom® units are:

1. Supplying Our Water Needs
2. Conserving Chemical Resources
3. Petroleum:To Build ? To Burn?
4. Understanding Food
5. Nuclear Chemistry in Our World
6. Chemistry,Air and Climate
7. Health :Your Risks and Choices
8.The Chemical Industry:Promise and Challenge
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