Climate, real-world examples are focus for high school chemistry update

A new high school chemistry curriculum co-authored by two Washington University in St. Louis educators presents science content through storylines focused on real-world experience. For example, acids and bases are learned through the phenomena of dying coral reefs and ocean acidification. (Image: Shutterstock)

Two Washington University educators have developed a high school chemistry curriculum based on real-life impacts and data, including figures from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 

The new curriculum is co-authored by Michael E. Wysession, a professor in earth and planetary sciences, and Bryn Lutes, a lecturer in chemistry, both in Arts & Sciences, along with colleague Chris Moore, a professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

“That was the intention of our program all along — that it could be used entirely in a digital form if needed,” Wysession said. “California is adopting it widely. Most of Los Angeles, most of San Bernardino — the big school districts are now going to be using this program.

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