Westminster Faculty Present at GISA Conference

On Monday, Nov. 6, two of Westminster’s Upper School science teachers, Susan Smith (retired chemistry) and Adam Kraft (current chemistry), presented a newly-developed, guided inquiry investigation at the GISA Fall Conference at Marist High School in Atlanta. The presentation, “Chemistry of Lightsticks: Determination of Activation Energy,” along with the hands-on activity that went along with it, was well received.

In the presentation, Mrs. Smith and Mr. Kraft utilized the LabQuest 2 devices that were purchased through capital gifts to Westminster. LabQuest 2 is the most powerful, connected, and versatile data-collection device available for STEM education. Students in the Honors Chemistry class in the 2016-17 school year were the test pilots for the investigation, which was developed to be a lab activity for first-year chemistry students.

Mrs. Smith recently retired from teaching chemistry and serving as the science department chair at Westminster. Mr. Kraft now serves in both positions.


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