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Classroom Activities - More than 60 modules created by high school teachers and STEM faculty and researchers at Illinois have been vetted by CSERD and will be disseminated nationally through the online professional learning environment for STEM educators.

Chemistry Simulations - Using a research-grade simulation package, Dr. Robert J. Mashl has developed several simulations illustrating fundamental physical chemical principles, such as dissolving of salt in water, the melting of ice, the separation of oil and water, and the encapsulation of oil by detergent. These authentic simulations were created to assist high school teachers in their teaching of chemical concepts.

ISLCS - Coming in summer 2012. This Web site will engage educators in networking and collaboration activities to (1) improve their STEM content knowledge; (2) provide them with vetted teaching materials infusing computational tools and resources; (3) help them connect with researchers and peers; and (4) help them increase student achievement and interest in STEM fields of study.

Computational Applications - The software and authentic/near-authentic tools listed here have been used in various projects of the ICLCS and have proven to have a positive impact in high school classrooms and undergraduate courses. In addition, the vetted materials created by ICLCS Fellows are linked to these and a few other freely available resources and computational tools.

The Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD), is a Pathways project of the National Science Digital Library and is funded by the National Science Foundation. It aims to help students learn about computational science and to help teachers incorporate it into the classroom. CSERD attempts to collect a catalog of quality resources from across the internet; provide a forum for the verification, validation, and accreditation of catalog items both by users and by expert reviewers.; and creates original computational science resources for use in education.

Modern Science Modules - These modules were developed for use in the high school and undergraduate classroom by graduate students and faculty at Illinois in order to bring “research to learning” through activities that apply to the real world. The modules cover chemistry-related topics, such as molecular geometry, stoichiometry, electrochemistry, acids/bases, and many more.