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Katerina Salta
2nd Model Experimental Lyceum of Athens
Teacher involved
BBC School Science (Fuels from crude oil, Polymers from oil)
Topics related to the resource
 Crude oil as a mixture of compounds called hydrocarbons.
 Products we can make from crude oil.
 Cracking of crude oil and polymers.
Examples of learning objectives
These activities aim to students be able to
- use the general molecular formula of alkanes and alkenes
- write the structural formulas of small alkanes (1-4 carbons) and alkenes (2-4 carbons)
- relate the number of carbon atoms of an alkane with its physical states
- explain the distillation procedure
- explain the polymerization procedure
- to relate properties of polymers with their molecular structure
Practical information regarding the use
of the site/simulation...
The resources are downloadable materials. The activities make use of the English language. An English-Greek vocabulary with the unfamiliar terminology for students was prepared in order to help them use the resource efficiently.
Information about the class
The resources were tested in two 25 students’ classes of the 2nd Model Experimental Lyceum of Athens (upper secondary school), in November 2013, during two teaching hours. The students were 16-17 years old.
Suggestion for use
1. At the beginning an English-Greek vocabulary with the terminology was given.
2. Students executed each activity twice. Between the two implementations, a discussion between students and teacher was done.
3. Finally a test was given to the students in order to evaluate the degree of accomplishment of activities’ objectives
Insights into student
use / thinking
As it is the first time that teaching material available entirely in the English language was used on chemistry lesson, a few minutes were needed for the students be familiarized with it.
Teacher’s conclusions
Students enjoyed the activities. Pictures and music included in the activities make them interesting and pleasant. The material was very useful for capturing students’ attention (even the ones least motivated) and helped them significantly in understanding the chemical concepts presented. The testing of the material was presented analytically to colleagues participating in the 3rd National Workshop in March 2014. All teachers agreed on the effectiveness of the teaching resource in increasing students’ motivation to engage in chemistry learning.

National Reports on successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry The national reports on chemistry successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry are now available on the related section of the project portal. The reports presents examples of successful experiences in the partner countries and the results of testing of ICT resources with science teachers.