ChemAttitudes, a collaborative project between the NISE Network and American Chemical Society, used a design-based research approach to develop a framework for learning and a kit of hands-on informal educational activities that can be used with public audiences to stimulate interest, a sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy (IRS) about chemistry.
Using the framework developed through the ChemAttitudes project, the Let's Do Chemistry Train-the-Trainer Online Workshop will share what was learned about activity content, format, and facilitation with members of the chemistry community who are in a position to train others in the techniques for making their own chemistry outreach activities better at stimulating interest, sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy.
- Learn more about the Let's Do Chemistry Train-the-Trainer Online Workshops, which are taking place in the fall 2020 through winter 2021, and how to apply to participate at https://www.nisenet.org/lets-do-chemistry-train-trainer-workshops-info.
Let's Do Chemistry Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Workshop resources including the Participant Packet, videos and worksheets can be accessed online at https://www.nisenet.org/catalog/lets-do-chemistry-train-trainer-workshop-resources.
Workshop Content Overview
- Module 1: Welcome
The Welcome Module provides you with a general overview of the ChemAttitudes project and the research framework we developed, which focuses on activity content, format, and facilitation methods to support participant interest, sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy with respect to chemistry.
Your goal for Modules 2-4 is to learn about the framework strategy and consider how it could help make your hands-on activity stronger by supporting participants' interest, relevance, and self-efficacy around chemistry.
- Module 2: Activity Format
Module 2 will focus on the research framework strategies related to activity format.
- Module 3: Activity Content
Module 3 will focus on the research framework strategies related to activity content.
- Module 4: Activity Facilitation
Module 4 will focus on the research framework strategies related to activity facilitation.
- Module 5: Build Your Training
Module 5 will focus on building a future training for activity facilitators and/or other trainers. Your goal is to think through what you have learned during this workshop about applying the research framework (interest, relevance, and self-efficacy), and consider how you might use this knowledge to help others in their practice. Within this module, there are also some evaluation resources that may help you evaluate your own activities or trainings.
About the Project
- Learn more about the ChemAttitudes project: http://www.nisenet.org/chemattitudes
- Explore Science: Let's Do Chemistry Digital kit, including hands-on activities, training videos, and safety and professional development materials are available for digital download at http://www.nisenet.org/chemistry-kit
Funded by the National Science Foundation through the Museum of Science.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1612482. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation.