Tenth grade students at High Tech High in San Diego, CA created this book, “Chemistry and Conflict.” It is the final product from a cross-disciplinary project combining chemistry and history.
To create this book, pairs of students worked together to research the relationship between a chemical element or compound to both a historical and contemporary conflict. An example from the book is iron; it’s relationship to the industrial revolution and later, to ship breaking. This project started with extensive research, leading to the writing of a research paper. Each paper includes the discovery of the chemical element or compound, the chemical properties, the historical conflict, contemporary conflict and a proposed solution to the contemporary conflict. Students also made copper etchings illustrations to accompany their writing.
Prior to the publication of this book, students went through a critique process. A student-run editorial board approved each research paper, prior to the teachers reading and providing feedback.
This book is available for purchase through blurb.com.
How This Project Can Be Useful
- A strong example of teacher collaboration in a secondary setting
- The combination of chemistry, history and fine art challenges students both creatively and academically
- Highlights an example of an engaging means to explore chemistry and history – through the connection of contemporary issues
- An engaging product with professional quality layout and printing
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