David Brown (right) and Joann Um of Southwestern College, CA, were the recipients of the first cCWCS Disseminsaton grant to present a workshop at the 191st Conference of the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3) at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, California (LA area). David is a prior participant in a number of cCWCS workshops. The cCWCS Disseminsaton small grant program provides assistance to alums of the workshop series to make presentation and lead miniworkshops at a variety of venues.
The 2YC3 is a branch of the ACS Division of Chemical Education and convenes four conferences annually, including one conference each spring on the Friday/Saturday prior to the ACS Spring National Meeting.
The workshop served as a forerunner to the summer 2011 workshop on Materials Science and Nanotechnology to be held at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California (San Diego area) and gave participants an opportunity to sample two of the experiments that will be conducted during the summer workshop. Fourteen participants split into two groups, with one group preparing ferrofluid and the other group constructing and testing dye-sensitized solar cells.
The hands-on activities were prefaced by a presentation that provided the participants with additional resources and ideas for incorporating novel experiments such as these into the undergraduate curriculum, and an engaging discussion on the content and pedagogy associated with the experiments also occurred. Participant feedback on the experience was highly favorable, and the enjoyment of constructing functional solar cells and synthesizing ferrofluid was palpable.