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									VCE Chemistry Teachers’ Conference 2010
Friday 12 February 2010 at La Trobe University, Bundoora
Each participant will receive a CD of Proceedings from the VCE Conference Series 2010 as part of their
registration. (Excluding VCE Psychology)


Conference Program
8:00am                   Registration opens
8.40am - 8.55am          Welcome - STAV
8.55am - 9.00am          Rob Sanders - President CEA
9.00am - 9.30am          VCAA Update, Maria James - VCAA
9.30am - 10.30am         Keynote Speaker 1 -
                         From the Bottom-Up – Entering the Realm of Nanotechnology Natures Way
                         Professor Steve Langford - Monash University
10.30am - 11.00am        Morning Tea/Displays
11.00am - 12.00pm        Keynote Speaker 2 -
                         Drug Synthesis Using Common Functional Group Interconversions
                         Associate Professor Craig Hutton - Bio 21 Institute, School of Chemistry,
                         The University of Melbourne
12.00noon - 1.00pm       Workshop - Session A
1.00pm - 2.00pm          Lunch/Displays
2.00pm - 3.00pm          Workshop - Session B
3.15pm - 4.15pm          Workshop - Session C
4.30pm - 5.00pm          Wine and Cheese provided by CEA




Registration information, La Trobe University Map and all conference information is available on the
Science Victoria website: www.sciencevictoria.com.au/conferences.html




                                                            Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc.
                                                                           VCE Conference Series 2010
                                                                   Postal Address: PO Box 109 Coburg VIC 3058
                                                                 Phone: (03) 9385 3999 • Fax: (03) 9386 6722
                                          Email: stav@stav.vic.edu.au • Website: www.sciencevictoria.com.au
VCE Chemistry Teachers’ Conference 2010
8:40am – 8:55am                    STAV Welcome
8:55am – 9:00am                    CEA
                                   Robert Sanders - President CEA
9:00am – 9:30am                    VCAA update - state and national curriculum developments
                                   Maria James - VCAA
What is the status of state and national curriculum developments? This session will provide you with an updated summary of VCE
Chemistry study design and assessment issues, and an overview of national Science curriculum development, including senior
secondary years Chemistry.

Keynote Speaker 1                  9:30am – 10:30am
From the Bottom-Up – Entering the Realm of Nanotechnology Natures Way
Professor Steve Langford - Monash University
Molecules can be thought of as simple building blocks. In the same way as Lego blocks can be brought together and assembled
into functional or structural models, so too can molecules, which are approximately one hundred millionth the size. Nature does this
effectively using the processes of self-assembly and self-organisation utilising both covalent (e.g. carbon-carbon) and non-covalent
bonding (e.g. hydrogen bonding). In this way, Nature makes large ensembles that function on the cellular and sub-cellular levels. This
presentation will discuss how chemists are utilising self-assembly and self-organisation to enter in the realms of nanotechnology by
making unnatural products by natural means. We will investigate artificial photosynthesis, sensors, computing, viscometers and even a
stopwatch from the molecular level.

                                               10:30am to 11:00am - Morning Tea

Keynote Speaker 2                  11:00am – 12:00pm
Drug Synthesis Using Common Functional Group Interconversions
Associate Professor Craig Hutton - Bio 21 Institute, School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne
Consideration of the reactivity of common functional groups such as amides, esters, alcohols, phenols, amines and carboxylic acids is
important in the synthesis of new drugs. I will discuss pharmacological aspects and methods of preparation of aspirin, paracetamol,
ibuprofen and other commonly used drugs, as well the mechanistic base of some common organic reactions studied in VCE Chemistry.


Session A                  12:00pm – 1:00pm
A1 Understanding and Implementing E5 in your VCE Chemistry Classroom
Joanna Alexander – Vermont Secondary College
Soula Bennett – Director for the Victorian Centre for Physical Sciences
    FULL
The E5 instructional model gives teachers a framework and the language to improve their classroom practice. This workshop will
investigate the implementation of the E5 instructional model into the VCE Chemistry classroom. Teachers will be guided through the
process of using the framework through an activity involving Galvanic Cells.
Suitable for: Years 11 Chemistry       Limit: 25         Repeated as B15
A2 Food Chemistry
Pat O’Shea - Loreto College Ballarat
Food components and additives can provide an interesting vehicle for teachers to introduce chemistry to Junior Secondary and Primary
students. Students find food a relevant and interesting theme for such topics as chromatography, emulsions, fermentation, separation
and chemical structures. This session will provide a booklet of food experiments for Primary to Year 10 students.
Suitable for: Years 7-10, VCE Units 1 & 2                 No Limit                 Not repeated
A3 ChemCal
Robert Sanders - Chemistry Education Association      Patrick Sanders - Chemistry Education Association
This workshop will allow participants to work through the four on-line self paced modules of Atomic Structure, Stoichiometry,
Equilibrium and Chemical Bonding. The modules are designed to be used as a revision tool. A work program will be presented and
various methods the program could be incorporated into the classroom will be discussed.
Suitable for: All                       Limit: 25        Not repeated




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A4 Analytical Chemistry Unit for Year 9 Students
Deborah Taylor - The Peninsula School
Do you or your students find that chemistry is too theory based with a few little experiments slotted in the middle? Why not ‘flip’ it? This
session will involve teachers participating in and discussing this program of practical and theoretical work. The hands-on activity will
involve all participants. Resources will be provided and most importantly – the trouble shooting ‘what didn’t work’ / ‘what does work’ /
’what are the outcomes’ experiences of both the teacher, the student and the lab technician will be shared. In this unit students work
practically from the outset and walk out of it with a confidence in chemistry that they may not have ordinarily experienced. Along the
way they learn about risk management, fair and controlled testing techniques, and develop ideas about how such techniques are used
in society. What’s more, they enjoy it at the same time!
Note: Each teacher will receive a copy of the Student Handbook and CD with presentation information on it.
Suitable for: Year 9                      Limit: 30         Repeated as B3
A5 Laminator 3: Rise of the Machine
Elizabeth Freer - Star of the Sea College
Angela Stubbs - Star of the Sea College
The laminator is a useful piece of technology that may be under-utilised in the Chemistry classroom. In this workshop we will present
some activities that will engage students in a wide variety of learning styles. Master sheets will be provided that can be used for many
different topics.
Suitable for: All                       Limit: 25          Not repeated
A6 The Chemistry of Model Rocketry
Peter Razos - Trinity Grammar
The National Science Curriculum has a focus on engaging students in science. We often struggle with the rigours of chemistry teaching
and fail to capture the imagination of the chemistry that is used around us and in particular the excitement of exothermic reactions.
Participants will be encouraged to build and launch their own model rocket and this session is definitely hands-on aimed at showing
how this unit of work can be used to engage and excite students into the chemistry behind the space program. The chemistry of the
space program is rich but rarely tapped into. Chemistry of fuels, removal of carbon dioxide, electricity generation and the heating of food
to name just a few. Online resources can be found at www.dynamicscience.com.au/tester enter as a guest and go to curriculum material.
Suitable for: Years 7-10                 No Limit          Not repeated             Extension Education
A7 Tips for the Teaching of Mass Spectrometry in Unit 3
Associate Professor Kieran Lim - Deakin University

 FULL
This session will offer suggestions and tips for the teaching of mass spectrometry in VCE Chemistry Unit 3. The use of learning
resources such as relevant websites, toys, software, and spreadsheets, will be discussed. Links to other parts of the study design will be
emphasised.
Suitable for: VCE Unit3                 No Limit           Not repeated
A8 Interactive Technologies and Their Application
Marino Dereani and John Christie - Eutectic Educational
John Denmead - Sacre Coeur
The use of interactive technologies has had a significant impact on current teaching styles and the manner by which students learn
these days. This has been influenced by teachers wanting to use these technologies and secondly, by a student appreciation of the usage
of such technologies in the classroom. To maximize the efficiency of this approach requires prerequisite factors such as the use of high
quality and relevant software. This session will discuss the principles of software design and the usage of software as a teaching tool in
an interactive technologies environment.
Suitable for: VCE Units 1-4              Limit: 30          Not repeated              Extension Education
A9 VCE Chemistry at Ecolinc
Suzanne Clark - Ecolinc
Sophie Pritchard - Ecolinc
Ecolinc is a DEECD Environmental Science Centre of Excellence (www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au). Ecolinc offers a range of ‘hands-on’ chemistry
activities as extended experimental investigations, to complete school assessed coursework. These include Unit 2 AoS 1 Water (students
investigate the chemistry of the Ecolinc stormwater wetland by measuring variables to assess water quality including use of the AAS);
AoS 2 the Atmosphere (students monitor Ecolinc’s atmosphere using air sampling equipment; the CSIRO designed Weatherwall and the
UV-VIS); and Unit 3 AoS 1 Chemical Analysis (students use AAS, UV-VIS and IR spectrometry to analyse and interpret data for a variety of
milk samples). Aspects of these SAC programs will be presented.
Suitable for: VCE Units 2 & 3           No Limit          Repeated as B10         Extension Education




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VCE Chemistry Teachers’ Conference 2010
A10 Nanotechnology: Why do Strange Things Happen at the Nanoscale?
Francesca Calati - La Trobe University

    FULL
Nanotechnology – what is it? For some it’s nothing new. For others, the word conjures up images of a sci-fi future. So what’s the big
fuss about? It is the science of small things. It is already all around you if you know where to look; in everyday items such as car parts,
cosmetics and sunscreen, tennis rackets and stain-proof clothes… Understanding and sharing knowledge on emerging technologies will
be critical in the new national curriculum. Yet, negotiating a broad and emerging field of cutting-edge research takes time. Currently the
VCE Chemistry Study Design expects teachers to cover “The application of surface chemistry in nanotechnology”. However for a teacher
who has not had exposure to nanotechnology this can be overwhelming. This session will unravel the world of nanoscience by exploring
why strange things happen at the nanoscale and provide teachers with some readily available resources which they can use to address
the Assessment task in Unit 1.
Suitable for: VCE Unit 1                   No Limit             Not repeated
A11 Polymers and Nanotechnology
Simon Matheson - CSIRO Education, Victoria
Nicola Steward - CSIRO Education, Victoria
This session provides an outstanding opportunity for participants to investigate purpose-engineered materials that are not available
in most school laboratories and helps to illustrate many of the key concepts from Secondary Chemistry. It features a series of hands-
on investigations into nanotechnology, the properties of materials, the nature of polymer chains, and recent applications of materials
chemistry.
Suitable for: VCE Unit 1 Ext            Limit: 30         Not repeated
A12 StudyON for VCE Chemistry - Want to Improve Your Students’ Exam Results?
Neale Taylor - John Wiley and Sons Pty Ltd
StudyON is the next generation study, revision and exam practice tool from Jacaranda that recognises the online world students live
in. In this workshop Jacaranda will introduce you to StudyON for VCE Chemistry Units 3&4. Incorporating a myriad of learning tools
— videos, animations, actual past VCAA exam questions, a results tracker, concept screens and interactive study activities — StudyON
opens the door to a stimulating and flexible learning environment that encourages all students to study how they want, when they
want.
Suitable for: VCE Units 3 & 4            No Limit         Repeated as B13         Commercial Presentation
A13 Sunflower Software for Interactive Whiteboards, Computer Labs and Laptops
Michael O’Brien - Newbyte Educational Software
Interactive Whiteboards and student personal computers are a trend in education, however finding good chemistry programs and using
them effectively is a problem. This hands-on workshop will give you some great practical ideas for using this new technology in your
chemistry classroom. During the workshop we will examine several software packages including Sunflower and Roger Frost chemistry
programs. Receive a FREE evaluation CD and someone will win a full version of one package. Look for our “Equilibrium for Interactive
Whiteboards…” and “Chemistry Experiments for Interactive Whiteboards…” workshops at this conference.
Suitable for: Years 7-10, VCE Units 1 & 3 Limit: 25         Not repeated         Commercial Presentation

                                              1:00pm to 2:00pm - Lunch and Displays

Session B                  2:00pm – 3:00pm
B1 Teaching Units 3 and 4 in 2010
Penelope Commons - Chemistry Education Association
This session will offer suggestions for teaching Units 3 and 4. Besides keeping your sense of humour and being organized, there are
several ways of enthusing Chemistry students which I will try to share. Among other ideas the session will include a possible timetable
for Year 12, suggested questions for students to do and ideas for pracs and SACs.
Suitable for: VCE Units 3 & 4            No Limit          Not repeated
B2 Biofuels: Fuels of the Future?
Karl Mahr - Bellarine Secondary College
      FULL
A look at how biofuels can be incorporated into both areas of study in Unit 3 Chemistry. Investigate the chemical pathways involved in
the production of biofuels. Hands-on activities that can be used with Year 12 students.
Suitable for: VCE Unit 3               Limit: 30          Repeated as C2
B3 CANCELLED
Analytical Chemistry Unit for Year 9 Students
Deborah Taylor - The Peninsula School
Suitable for: Year 9                    Limit: 30         Repeat of A4




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B4 Microbial Fuel Cell - Practical Experiments Using Yeast and the Bennetto Model
Veronica Hayes - MacRobertson Girls High School
Fuel cells might be all the rage, but there are limited opportunities to experiment with them. In this session the participants
will construct a fuel cell using the Bennetto fuel cell and yeast. With this cell there are opportunities for practicals that show the
basic fundamentals of Ohms law but it also allows student designed experiments. We are currently using it in an electricity and
electrochemistry unit in Year 10. What are the problems and what are the opportunities that this fuel cell offers?
Note: To fully utilize the Bennetto fuel cell it would be best to have a course allowing independent research by the students.
Suitable for: Years 7-10, VCE Unit 3 No Limit                Not repeated
B5 Teacher Action on Climate Change
Keith Burrows, AIP Ed Com (Vic)
Science teachers have the knowledge base to understand climate change and the skills to communicate it. The AIP Education
Committee are developing a package of materials for interested teachers to use with the other teachers in their own school, their parent
body and similar groups in their local community. The package is supported by an in-service for interested teachers. In this session we
will explain the program and the materials.
Suitable for: All                        No Limit        Repeated as C5
B6 Simply Mass Spec
John Snell - Carey Baptist Grammar School
Simply Mass spec. was developed in 2009 as a software package for teaching and learning Mass spectrometry as part of the VCE
Chemistry Unit 3 coursework. The package contains a detailed analysis of the features of Mass spectrometry and how these features
provide data on the structural characteristics of a range of different compounds. The software has been designed to operate on a quick
and easy method of navigation and includes Teacher notes, problem solving and other resource material.
Suitable for: VCE Unit 3 Comm           Limit: 30           Not repeated           Extension Education
B7 Motivating and Engaging Science. How others do it
Peter Razos - Trinity Grammar
In order to attract students to science, and in particular chemistry, we must offer an engaging and dynamic curriculum in the junior
years. We believe that our science curriculum at Trinity both engages and excites students during their early years of science. It is these
years that are critical in developing a love of science and the scientific approach to problem solving. We will outline a number of ways
that we employ to achieve our objectives ranging from:
· units of work such as “The Science of Conflict” jam packed with the wonderful world of the chemistry of explosion and rockets;
· the teaching of science in remote indigenous communities;
· the use of our online delivery of the curriculum.
Check it out at www.dynamicscience.com.au/tester enter as a guest and go to curriculum material.
Suitable for: All                         No Limit           Not repeated             Extension Education
B8 The Elusive Mole? Ideas About Teaching the Mole Concept
SuChi Fang - The University of Melbourne
SuChi Fang is currently a PhD student studying in Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne. Her research

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topic is about teaching and learning the mole concept in secondary schools. In this session she will:
1. Summarise her recent work about students’ perceptions and perspectives on learning the mole.
2. Represent a “concept map” for teaching the mole,
3. Share practical strategies in teaching the mole.
Participants in this session will have a great opportunity to share experience and communicate with each other about teaching this
specific chemistry concept.
Suitable for: VCE Units 1 & 2              Limit: 25        Not repeated             Extension Education
B9 Interpreting NMR Spectra
Chris Donner - University of Melbourne

       FULL
This workshop will describe the basic theory behind NMR spectroscopy and how it can be used to determine chemical structures.
Examples of both 1H and 13C NMR spectra will be shown with discussion on how to interpret NMR spectra presented through a series of
exercises.
Suitable for: VCE Unit 3                Limit: 20       Repeated as C7
B10 VCE Chemistry at Ecolinc
Suzanne Clark - Ecolinc
Sophie Pritchard - Ecolinc
Suitable for: VCE Units 2 & 3            No Limit           Repeat of A9               Extension Education




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VCE Chemistry Teachers’ Conference 2010
B11 VCE Chemistry Workshops Supporting SACS and Extended Investigations
Francesca Calati - La Trobe University

     FULL
STAP- Science Teachers’ Assistance Program at La Trobe University offers a range of VCE Chemistry practical workshops for students. The
workshops on offer for 2010 are on “Nanotechnology” and “Water Chemistry” for Year 11 students, and “Instrumental Analysis” and “Drug
Synthesis” for Year 12 students. Come to this session and find out in detail the content of each workshop and how each is aligned to the
current study design. As well as supporting the extended experimental investigations, summary reports and SACS, these workshops will
give your students the invaluable experience of working in a university lab, using specialised equipment that is not available in schools
and interacting with post graduate students.
Suitable for: VCE Units 1-4             No Limit           Not repeated              Extension Education
B12 Lab in a Box
Mick Moylan - Victorian Institute for Chemical Sciences
Dr Renee Beale - ARC CoE for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology
    CANCELLED
Labs in a box are self-contained kits for VCE pracs in two areas - instrumental analysis (Unit 3) and the periodic table (Unit 1). The kits are
available for hire, will be delivered to your school and contain instruments and materials necessary for experimental investigations. The
kits are designed especially for rural and regional classes, and are only available to schools more than 100km from Melbourne.
Suitable for: VCE Units 1 & 3              Limit: 20         Not repeated               Extension Education
B13 StudyON for VCE Chemistry - Want to Improve Your Students’ Exam Results?
Neale Taylor - John Wiley and Sons Pty Ltd
Suitable for: VCE Units 3 & 4            No Limit           Repeat of A12              Commercial Presentation
B14 Chemistry Experiments for Interactive Whiteboards, Computer Labs and Laptops
Michael O’Brien - Newbyte Educational Software

    FULL
Wondering how you can use your Interactive Whiteboard effectively in your classroom? Finding good chemistry programs can be
difficult. This hands-on workshop will give you some great practical ideas for using this new technology in your chemistry classroom.
During the workshop we will examine several software packages including Acid/Base Titrations, Electrochemical Cells and Enzyme
Lab. Receive a FREE evaluation CD and someone will win a full version of one package. Look for our “Sunflower software for Interactive
Whiteboards…” and “Equilibrium for Interactive Whiteboards…” workshops at this conference.
Suitable for: Years 7-10, VCE Units 1, 3 & 4     Limit: 25      Not repeated           Commercial Presentation
B15 Understanding and Implementing E5 in your VCE Chemistry Classroom
Joanna Alexander – Vermont Secondary College
Soula Bennett – Director for the Victorian Centre for Physical Sciences
Suitable for: Years 11 Chemistry         Limit: 25          Repeat of A1



Session C                   3:15pm – 4:15pm
C1 Meet the Assessors
Chris Dwyer
Chris Dwyer will discuss his Assessor’s Report for the 2009 Unit 3 and Unit 4 exams.
Suitable for: All                        No Limit          Not repeated
C2 Biofuels: Fuels of the Future?
Karl Mahr - Bellarine Secondary College
Suitable for: VCE Unit 3                 Limit: 30          Repeat of B2
C3 CANCELLED
Microbial Fuel Cell - Practical Experiments Using Yeast and the Bennetto Model
Veronica Hayes - MacRobertson Girls High School
Suitable for: Years 7-10, VCE Unit 3     No Limit           Repeat of B4
C4 IB Chemistry - What is it really like?
Lanna Derry - Tintern Girls Grammar School
    CANCELLED
The International Baccalaureate is a course that is offered in a growing number of schools across Melbourne as an alternative to the
VCE. All IB students must study one Science, so Chemistry is often chosen. How does IB Chemistry compare to VCE Chemistry? Are
there aspects of the IB that we can apply to our VCE teaching? What should you know about the IB before you apply for an IB Chemistry
position? In this session I will discuss the IB in general and IB Chemistry in particular.
Suitable for: All                          Limit: No Limit Not repeated




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C5 Teacher Action on Climate Change
Keith Burrows, AIP Ed Com (Vic)
Suitable for: All                        No Limit          Repeat of B5
C6 Arguably the Best Online (Free) Science Resource
Peter Razos - Trinity Grammar
Participants will be guided through this science online resource full of demonstrations, classroom resource material and unique units of
work that include the “Science of Conflict” and “Sports Science”. This resource allows for the sharing of the many ideas that have worked
well at Trinity Grammar to motivate and engage students from the chemical demonstrations to the online test making facility. We wil
focus on the online chemistry component and its uses as a teaching and assessment tool. Check it out at www.dynamicscience.com.
au/tester enter as a guest and go to curriculum material.
Suitable for: All                       No Limit           Not repeated             Extension Education
C7 Interpreting NMR Spectra
     FULL
Chris Donner - University of Melbourne
Suitable for: VCE Unit 3                 Limit: 20         Repeat of B9              Extension Education
C8 The Brightest Light in the Southern Hemisphere
Jonathan de Booy - Australian Synchrotron
The Australian Synchrotron is the brightest light source in the southern hemisphere, many millions of times brighter than the sun. But
what is it; how does it work; what is it used for and how can you relate it to your curriculum. This session is designed to take you through
the physics, chemistry, biology and environmental science applications of the machine and to demonstrate how to incorporate it into
your classroom, including examples from the student lab at the Australian Synchrotron.
Suitable for: Years 7-10, VCE Units 1 & 3            No Limit      Not repeated            Extension Education
C9 The “Hands-on” Periodic Table
Mick Moylan - Victorian Institute for Chemical Sciences
Dr Renee Beale - ARC CoE for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology
    FULL
We will take a hands-on trip around the periodic table, manipulating samples of elements, exploring their properties and examining the
patterns and trends in the table. Some of the more exotic elements featured in this session include xenon, bismuth, tungsten, tellurium,
germanium, gallium and indium.
Suitable for: Years 7-10, VCE Unit 1               Limit: 30     Not repeated          Extension Education
C10 Equilibrium for Interactive Whiteboards, Computer Labs and Laptops
Michael O’Brien - Newbyte Educational Software
Interactive Whiteboards and student personal computers are a trend in education, however finding good chemistry programs and
using them effectively is a problem. This hands-on workshop will give you some great practical ideas for using this new technology in
your chemistry classroom. During the workshop we will examine several software packages including Gas Equilibrium, Haber Process
and Sulfuric Acid Production. Receive a FREE evaluation CD and someone will win a full version of one package. Look for our “Sunflower
software for Interactive Whiteboards…” and “Chemistry Experiments for Interactive Whiteboards…” workshops at this conference.
Suitable for: Years 7-10, VCE Units 2, 3 & 4      Limit: 25     Not repeated         Commercial Presentation



                                      4:30pm to 5:00pm - Wine & Cheese (provided by CEA)




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