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Discover how AACT membership can enhance your experience in the chemistry classroom.

Incorporating PhET Simulations into High School Chemistry
November 1 | 7PM ET

Discover way to effectively use PhET simulations to help students learn about balancing chemical equations, stoichiometry, and solutions.  

The Chemistry of Cars: An Adventure in Resource Creation

Learn about the Chemistry of Cars content writing project from the lead writer, and explore the 19 new classroom resources!


Top 10 Items for Your Elementary School Classroom

Veteran teacher and AACT Elementary School Ambassador Rebecca Field outlines the top 10 items you need to make teaching science easier.


Disappearing Spoon Video Series: Helium

In this video, students learn how helium helped Ernest Rutherford figure out the age of the earth.

News & Updates

Application open for Philadelphia area Dow & AACT Teacher Summit (10/20/16)

AACT is now accepting applications for K–12 teachers to attend a week-long learning summit in the Philadelphia area. Geographic restrictions apply. Learn more about the summit, and hear from past attendees.  

Dow Teacher Summit »

New in the Webinar Archive: Results of the 2016 AP Chemistry Exam (10/5/16)

AP Chemistry Exam Chief Reader Roger Kugel joined us to outline the process of creating, refining, measuring, and grading the AP Chemistry Exam. Webinar recording now available in the Archive, and available to nonmembers through October 6, 2016. 

Watch the webinar»

New issue of Chemistry Solutions published today! (8/30/16)

This issue features a new collection of classroom resources about the Chemistry of Cars, eight new articles, and a new simulation on ionic and covalent bonding.

Explore the issue »

Webinar Date Correction! (8/11/16)

Please note, the Facing the Challenges of an Early Service Teacher webinar will be held on September 7 at 7PM ET, not on September 9.  We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

Register »

Considering AACT membership? (8/2/16)

Sample resources from the Classroom Resource Library that are available to non-members.

Unlocked resources »

AACT at NSTA's STEM Forum & Expo (7/26/16)

Attend an AACT workshop or session at the NSTA STEM Forum, July 27–29, in Denver, CO. Find a list of AACT events on the blog.

AACT at STEM Forum »

Live-streamed workshop presentations now available (7/22/16)

Did you miss the live-streaming of "Middle School Chemistry," and "Ten Signs of a 20th Century Classroom?" The recorded presentation are now available.

Watch »

Join AACT at BCCE (6/21/16)

Are you planning to attend the 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) in Greeley, Colorado? Learn about AACT travel grants, plan to attend one of our workshops, and stop by the AACT exhibit hall booth.

Learn more »

New member gift— join by June 9 (5/26/16)

Join AACT by June 9th to receive a snazzy new AACT bag, plus entry into a giftcard drawing. Already a member? You can win too by helping spread the word.

Learn more »

Sign the Chemistry Classroom Safety Cleanup Pledge (5/19/16)

Cleaning out your classroom at the end of the school year? Sign our safety pledge for a chance to win a $200 gift card to Flinn Scientific.

Learn more & sign »

New issue of Chemistry Solutions (5/3/16)

Check your inbox for the latest AACTconnect enewsletter, and explore the May issue of Chemistry Solutions.

May issue»

Governing Board election results (4/28/16)

Please welcome Jenelle Ball, incoming President-Elect, and Sherri Rukes, incoming High School Ambassador, to the AACT Governing Board.

Governing Board voting now open (4/11/16)

Vote now for President-Elect and High School Ambassador! Voting ends April 22 at noon ET.

Vote »

Science Coaches now accepting applications (4/11/16)

A new benefit for AACT teacher members, the application for the Science Coaches program is now open.

Apply »

Governing Board Self-nomination deadline extension (3/25/16)

The deadline to submit a self-nomination has been extended to April 3, 2016.

Learn about nominations and voting »

2016 Governing Board Elections: Self-nominations open today (3/14/16)

Interested in serving on the AACT Governing Board? Elections are being held for: President-Elect, High School Ambassador, Middle School Ambassador, and Elementary School Ambassador. Complete a self-nomination by March 27, 2016. Member voting will begin on April 11, 2016.

Learn about nominations and voting »

Access the new issue of Chemistry Solutions today! (3/1/16)

In the March 2016 issue, read about bringing chemical math to life, an online learning tool for dimensional analysis, ways to revamp your lessons to reflect NGSS & CCSS, and more!

Explore the issue »

Member-Get-A-Member Campaign, February 10–24 (2/3/16)

Invite your friends and colleagues to become members during our member-get-a-member campaign. If they join between February 10 and 24, you'll both receive a new AACT periodic table poster.

Learn more »

Flipping your classroom, webinar recording now available (1/13/16)

Aaron Sams hosts another great webinar on flipping the chemistry classroom. Recording is now available in the webinar archive. Access to the archive is an AACT membership benefit.

View the recording »

Holiday resources (12/10/15)

Check out our collection of holiday and winter resources. Students can create a snowflake in the "Winter Crystals" lab, take the "Snowman Challenge" to balance equations, create a "Chemistree," and more.

Winter & Holiday resources »

New resources added (11/25/15)

New high and middle school activities added to the resource library:

  • Dangerous Goods Specialist
  • Atomic Structure RAFT
  • Classifying Reaction Types Mini Poster

Classroom resources »

Lab Safety (11/5/15)

AACT is dedicated to promoting a safe learning environment for teachers & students through classroom and professional resources.

Explore safety resources »

New lessons in library (10/19/15)

Two new high school labs:
Molar Mass of Dry Ice & Graphing Density.

New middle school Lab: Plop, Fizz: How to Affect the Rate of a Chemical Reaction.

Resource library »

New video: The Acid & Base Guys (10/8/15)

Watch the newest video in the Founders of Chemistry video series from AACT.  Learn how the definition of acids and bases evolved over time, and the scientists behind the new discoveries.

Watch »

National Chemistry Week (NCW) Resources (9/30/15)

Searching for NCW activities and lessons to do in your class? Look no further! The AACT library has resources to help you celebrate "Chemistry Colors Our World."

Browse resources »

New issue of Chemistry Solutions (9/15/15)

Read the September issue of the AACT online periodical—packed with ideas, tips, and resources for your classroom.

Read »

September Webinars: Sign up Now! (8/31/15)

Register to attend a professional development webinar this month with AACT. Live presentation open to members and nonmembers.

Register now »

Time to Renew?  (8/28/15)

Time to renew your annual AACT membership? 

Start the renewal process »

August enewsletter  (8/17/15)

Check your inbox for the latest issue of AACTconnect. Not a subscriber? Signup now! 

Read the August issue »

Website Alert  (7/17/15)

The website is currently undergoing maintenance. Pages requiring a login will be unavailable 7/17 6PM – 7/18 6PM. We apologize for the inconvenience.

New Founders of Chemistry Video: The Temperature Guys (6/21/15)

Just in time for summer.  This video tells the story of how temperature as we currently know it evolved. The first thermometers invented in the early 1600s are very different than ones we use today!

Watch »

Election results are in—announcing the first AACT governing board! (6/10/15)

Congratulations to your new grade band ambassadors:  Adrian Dingle (High School), Sarah Paquette (Middle School), and Rebecca Field (Elementary School).

Please welcome the entire 2015–16 AACT Governing Board »

Polls are now open—cast your vote! (5/20/15)

Vote for your grade band ambassador to serve on the inaugural AACT Governing Board! Read about the candidates and cast your ballot.  Voting ends at noon ET on June 5.

Learn more & vote »

New issue of Chemistry Solutions(5/6/15)

The may issue of Chemistry Solutions is packed with great articles—from NGSS to lab safety, social media, and more!

May issue »

AACT Inaugural Governing Board: Election & Updates (4/24/15)

Updates to the formation of the 2015–2016 AACT Governing Board, including self-nomination and election details.

Learn more »

Cast your vote in the ChemChamps competition (4/23/15)

AACT members will serve as the judges for Round 2 of the ACS ChemChamps competition.  Watch a short video submission from each contestant, and vote on the top videos!

Conferences, awards, grants & more (4/16/15)

Discover professional development and learning opportunities available for K–12 teachers of chemistry. You can also share other opportunities with the community.

Browse »

April edition of AACTconnect (4/9/15)

Check your inbox for the latest news & updates from our monthly enewsletter, AACTconnect.  Not a subscriber yet?
Sign up »

Member-Get-a-Member: Earth Day Edition (4/8/15)

AACT members: invite a friend to become a member of AACT; if they join between April 8th and April 22nd,  you both receive an AACT canvas tote bag! 

Details »

Q&A with Aaron Sams, recording now available (3/26/15)

Aaron Sams of joined us to answer your questions about the flipping chemistry classroom. Don't know where to start? How does grading work? What if a student doesn't watch the videos?  Access the recording of the live session to find out the answers to these questions and more!

Watch the recording »
Note: access to our webinar archive is a member benefit.

March 20 updates  (3/20/15)

New Antoine Lavoisier video!  Watch the video »

Follow @AACTconnect on Sunday for live tweets from High School Chemistry Day at the ACS National Meeting in Denver!
More »

AACTconnect, March News (3/18/15)

The March enewsletter from AACT. News, updates, and highlights.
March enewsletter»

Get the monthly AACTconnect enewsletter delivered to your inbox each month.
Sign up »

New issue of Chemisty Solutions (3/10/15)

The March issue of Chemistry Solutions is out! 

Explore the issue! »

Label Reading 101 (2/24/15)

Second post in our blog series on lab safety from Jenny Bishoff.  Read this quick refresher on how to read and interpret safety labels and the new safety data sheets (SDS).

Read »

Lab Clean-Up in 15 Minutes a Day (2/18/15)

In this blog post, experienced chemistry teacher Jenny Bishoff breaks down important lab safety tasks into efficient, doable steps that you can handle in just a few spare minutes a day!

Read »

Middle school activities added (2/17/15)

New middle school activities around atomic structure and the elements »

New Valentine's Day lesson ♥   (1/25/15)

Dow partnership (1/20/15)

As part of their commitment to improving STEM education, we're excited to announce Dow as a sole founding partner of AACT.

Read More »

Indicators, molecular formula and other new resources posted (1/18/15)

Left over Legos from the holidays?  Check out the new Lego Modeling of Compounds lab, and other newly added resources on the Classroom Resources page.

Classroom Resources »

Flipping your chemistry classroom webinar (1/14/15)

Interesting in learning how you can implement flipped learning in your chemistry classroom? Join us on January 28, at 7PM, for a 90 minute webinar with's Aaron Sams.

Learn more or register now »

Emulsion Lab for all grades (12/12/14)

In this lab from Science Friday, students mix polar and nonpolar substances, and add various emulsifiers to encourage the mixing of the two substances.

Salad Dressing Science: Emulsion Lab »

New holiday lab, "Benzoic Acid Blizzard in a Bottle" (11/24/14)

In this lab, students create a snow globe by taking advantage of benzoic acid's solubility properties in hot water. Suitable for high & middle school.

Lab »

New lessons, labs and demos just added (11/16/14)

See the newest classroom resources covering topics such as ionic & covalent bonding, the periodic table, gas laws, and more!

Classroom Resources »

Guess the AACT molecule (11/14/14)

It's acetone! Did you guess correctly?

Safety webinar recording available (11/12/14)

Did you miss the "Teaching Chemistry Safety" webinar last week?  The recorded version and slides are now available in the webinar archives.

Archives »

Guess the AACT Molecule! (11/10/14)

What molecule do you think is featured on the AACT homepage (at top)? Here's a clue provided by ACS Molecule of the Week:

I’m a volatile, flammable, colorless liquid. Laboratory denizens commonly use me as a solvent and to clean glassware.  What molecule am I?

Enter your guess on Facebook or email us at Members with the correct answer will be entered to win an AACT tote bag (and a bonus prize for identifying the correct IUPAC name)! We'll reveal the answer & winner this Friday.

AACT Scholarship: Earn 30 Professional Credit Hours

Through a partnership with 100kin10 and the New Teacher Center, AACT is pleased to offer scholarships for 50 AACT members to participate in an 8-week professional development series on "Scientific Engineering Practices."

Apply »

New issue of Chemistry Solutions (11/4/14)

Explore the November issue of Chemistry Solutions.

Read more »

New Bulletin on Classroom Safety from CSB (10/31/14)

In light of recent MeOH accidents, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a safety bulletin citing AACT as a safety resource.

Read more »

Happy Mole Day! (10/23/14)

New video now available on the man behind the mole, Amedeo Avogadro.

Watch »

Live chat with Roald Hoffmann: Recording now available  (10/15/14)
Join AACT for an evening with distinguished chemist, Nobel Laureate, and teacher, Roald Hoffmann, as he discusses his views on teaching, chemistry education, and more.

Listen »

New resources now available  (10/8/14)
Explore new labs, demos, lesson plans and activites, including candy-centered activities just in time for National Chemistry Week!

Visit the Classroom Resources page »

Using PhET Simulations  (9/25/14)
Recorded webinar now available on teaching chemistry using PhET simulations.

Visit the webinar archives to watch»

New video on astatine now available
Watch the latest addition of the Disappearing Spoon video series!

Watch »

A Conversation with Kathy Kitzmann
The 2014 Conant Award winner answers your questions and share ideas to challenge and inspire your students!


NGSS: Where to Start
What are the first five steps you need to take to tackle NGSS?

Visit the blog »

Welcome, Charter Members!
Read the editorial from our inaugural issue of Chemistry Solutions, the AACT online periodical.

Read »

Disappearing Spoon Video Series
Partnering with NYT bestselling author Sam Kean, AACT brings Sam's book about the elements of the periodic table to life.

Learn more »

View our chat with Sam Kean
We asked the author your questions about his book,  The Disappearing Spoon, and how best to use it in your classroom!

Watch »

AACT Newsletter Archive
Did you miss an issue of the AACT newsletter, AACTconnect?  Don't worry, we've put them all together on one page so you can catch up!

Learn more »

ChemMattersDemystifying everyday chemistry!

  • Four issues during the school year
  • Six articles with teacher's guide in every issue
  • Fun ways to teach chemistry to high school students
ChemMatters magazine is a member benefit for AACT members. Electronic subscription now available!