Developing Innovative Lab Curricula for High School and College Chemistry Classrooms

Faculty Sponsor

Robert Clark


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Summer 7-31-2014


New laboratory experiments and instructional practices have been designed for implementation in Valpo General Chemistry courses to enhance retention and understanding of material. My summer research has focused primarily on the development of one lab experiments that aim to increase self-discovery experiences and connection to classroom material. The lab focuses on the concept of limiting reagents. A barium ion and one of three phosphate ions are mixed to create a precipitate. Students will vary both reactants (barium and phosphate ion) allowing for both to become the limiting reagent in different test tubes. This lab allows students to discover in a laboratory setting how limiting reagents affect the outcome of products and allows them to determine through stoichiometry which phosphate ion they are working with.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Jazmin Taylor: Chemistry education major with a minor in math and physics. Future goals are to become a chemistry, physics and math teacher at a high school. Laboratory research has helped to enhance ability to enrich the minds of future students and find ways for students to learn, enjoy, understand, and remember information they learn about chemistry.

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