New ChemLab assignments for high school students are now available and can be found in the Worksheets section of the web site. These worksheets were written by Valerie Lechtanski who has taught chemistry at Hopkinton High School in Massachusetts for the past 20 years. Valerie is also the author of "Inquiry Based Experiments in Chemistry" published by the American Chemical Society and Oxford University Press and is the Vice-chairman of the Massachusetts Regional Science Fair held in Worcester.
"I love the versatility of the VCL program. The software can be used as a pre-lab to familiarize students with a particular lab procedure, a post-lab to build on the concepts covered in the classroom, to supplement an existing lab program by providing options that might not be available in the classroom due to budget or time constraints and to provide alternatives to students who have missed work due to extended illnesses. The other strength of the software is how easily it can be adjusted to the academic level of any classroom. I encourage AP teachers to preview the workbooks that can be downloaded from this site. Although nothing can replace a true lab experience and teachers are encouraged to have students perform as many labs as possible, almost all of the required AP labs can be found in these workbooks which will be a terrific resource for teachers working with limited resources or time."
These new assignments provide activities, problems, and laboratory work that supplement the 30 assignments that are already included with the high school product. Check out these assignments and let us know what you think. For more Virtual ChemLab ideas, visit the Worksheet section of the web site and look at workbooks sold with other Virtual ChemLab products.