If you are looking for ways to infuse the history of science into your chemistry classes, The National Historical Chemical Landmarks is a good place to start. It is a program of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and its mission is to enhance the public's recognition and appreciation of the contributions of the chemical sciences and chemical engineering to modern life. The program does this by recognizing and celebrating landmark achievements of chemists, chemical engineers, and the chemical enterprise. Currently there are nearly seventy landmarks listed in the directory.
“Landmarks” are defined broadly and include events (Discovery of Fullerenes), physical places or settings (Chandler Laboratory at Lehigh University), products (Scotch Transparent Tape) and people (Alice Hamilton and the Development of Occupational Medicine).
The site can be very useful to infuse history of science into the chemistry curriculum, particularly since the science is prominently featured in each description. You can download commemorative booklets in PDF form of each of the landmarks, too. In addition, inquiry-based lesson plans are available for several of the landmarks which target high school chemistry classes. Currently, the following lessons are available: Development of Baking Powder, Discovery of Fullerenes, and Joseph Priestley, Discoverer of Oxygen. The site also includes interactive features such as a timeline, a map, puzzles, and games.
Image Credit: A 3D model of a fullerine, created by Michael Ströck, Wikipedia Commons
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