An Artistic Understanding of Material Science Chemistry
Help me give my students an Enameling Kiln, kiln gloves, and Raku glaze to create artistic projects and make connections between visual arts and material science chemistry.
This project expired on March 16, 2019.
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I am a chemistry teacher at a small, underfunded school district. My students come from a small town and the rural community that surrounds the town. Many of them are first-generation college-bound students. Chemistry applies to everything around us, but it is difficult for students to see how it relates. The combination of art and chemistry will enable my students to see ways that chemistry applies.
Combining Raku pottery making and glass projects into chemistry class may seem like a stretch, but Material Science provides the needed connection.
I love to challenge my students to see the application of chemistry into EVERYTHING around them. It is in this way that we will be able to prepare the future scientists to create new medicines, technologies, and products.
An enameling kiln will provide the students with connections of art to chemistry through the application of material science. To often I hear students say that chemistry doesn’t apply to things that interest them. With this specialty equipment that is not normally found in a chemistry lab, the students will be able complete Raku pottery and composite glass.
This project will show the students that art and chemistry are closely related and give them opportunities to make artistic products that they will be able to keep.
Anytime that students are able to take home something that they have created, it brings their interest home to their families.
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