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Lidia Minza: Chemistry teacher

Lidia Minza is teaching chemistry at the “Vasile Alecsandri” National College in Galati, Romania. Responsible for the international cooperation program of the school, she is also promoting the "virtual chemistry laboratory" regional contest that encourages students and teachers to elaborate educational chemistry software. She is describing her favourite websites below.


The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Created in 1919 by chemists, IUPAC (the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) helps to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and contributes to the application of chemistry in the service of Mankind. As a scientific, international, non-governmental and objective body, IUPAC can address many global issues involving the chemical sciences. It fosters worldwide communications in the chemical sciences and in uniting academic, industrial and public sector chemistry in a common language.
IUPAC has long been known as the world authority on chemical nomenclature, terminology, standardized methods for measurement, atomic weights and many other critically evaluated data.
Major international meetings that range from specialized scientific symposia to CHEMRAWN meetings with societal impact are sponsored by IUPAC.
During the Cold War, IUPAC became an important channel for maintaining technical dialogue among scientists around the world.

The Chemical American Society

This portal is the website of the Chemical American Society, a self-governed individual membership organization which more than 158 000 members at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry. The organization provides a broad range of opportunities for peer interaction and career development, regardless of professional or scientific interests. Founded in 1876, the society leads programs and activities in the tradition of excellence.

The Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED)

The Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED), one of the 33 technical divisions within the American Chemical Society, provides a common ground for teachers and students of chemistry. Its members come from the entire educational spectrum (pre-secondary, secondary, two- and four-year colleges, universities, research institutions), and include those from industry who are concerned about the training of future chemists and other molecular scientists.

Its website features newsletters, access to various resources and publications such as the Journal of Chemical Education, a calendar of events (national and regional ACS meetings) and minutes of conferences.
The general aim of DivCHED is to develop the interests and efforts of all constituencies involved in the teaching and learning of chemistry at every level.
In particular, the objective is:
• To be known as the global leader in investigating and promoting issues related to the teaching and learning of chemistry;
• To support the academic exchange of information;
• To offer a meeting ground for teachers and students of chemistry.

Chemical Elements

This portal is an online, interactive periodic table of elements.
It was created by a chemistry teacher, Yinon Bentor, as his 8th grade science project several years ago. Since then, updating of the portal has been carried out on a regular basis in his free time. The portal is now more user-friendly, features more information, displays a new layout and functionality has been enhanced.
In creating and updating this site, he exploited many computer programs and the information in this table came from quite a few sources. Numerous software tables, science textbooks, press releases, a few encyclopedias and books were used. One of the most important and helpful resources in creating any site is user feedback.

Creative Chemistry

Chemistry teachers or people interested in chemistry will find this website very useful.
Practical activities, worksheets and teaching notes for fun activities, three hundred pages of question sheets and practical guides for GCSE and A Level Chemistry are available online.
You can also find fun chemistry puzzles, interactive revision quizzes, molecular models, and the Sc1 Tune-up Garage to help improve your GCSE science investigations.

The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom

This portal is a free, interactive, educational guide to minerals and gemstones. All material is arranged interactively, with an easy to use interface. The content is geared for both amateurs and experts. Further enhancements are planned: hundreds more images will be added.
Better than a book, this website offers hyperlinks and search capability, a much greater and updated amount of information. The reader can also interact with the author via email.

Rocks for kids

This site, designed for children of all ages, is about rocks and minerals. Whether you already collect rocks or are an amateur, this is the place for you!
From here you can find detailed information, view pictures, learn how to identify the rocks you already have and discover precise things you can do with rocks. This portal is very useful if you are doing a school project on rocks and minerals.

Planet Science

You will appreciate this very user-friendly website organized in eight main sections.
It aims to encourage creative and fun approaches to primary and secondary science teaching and learning that help teachers to motivate their students and families. This portal provides very good resources and information for teachers.

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