Chemistry department collaborates with UCLA research team

With the intent of testing out the new state science standards, chemistry teacher Ryan Wong’s fourth period class and chemistry teacher Kenneth Ma’s second period class participated in a laboratory experiment spectated and developed by UCLA’s research team on Oct. 19. Wong and Ma’s remaining honors chemistry classes executed the same experiment the following Monday, but were not spectated.

The new science standards, Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, was adopted by the State Board of Education on Sept. 4, 2013. These standards allow students to learn how science is practiced in the real world through increased interaction with the material, critical thinking, and inquiry-based problem solving.

Initially, the students were given pre-lab questions related to the material currently being taught. During the experiment, students were provided five chemicals which were tested on permanent Sharpie ink to see how effective they were in removing the ink. Afterwards, they recorded their observations and compared the chemicals’ effectiveness. Then, students tested removing the ink by writing over it with a whiteboard marker and wiping the ink off with a paper towel.  Finally, post lab questions were provided to consolidate the information.

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