Salt Lake City 2018

June 6, 2018 Paul Groves

I’m here in Salt Lake City for the AP Chemistry Reading. I think there are about 300 chemistry teachers and professors here to score exams. My assignment this year is to work on the International exam, so I am in a separate room with about 30 readers.

I go walking each day because there are so many interesting things to see around this area. The tall glass tower is the Salt Palace where the Reading takes place. I looked in the window of the concert hall around the corner and saw a Chihuly glass installation and the bicycle racks at the concert hall are shaped like key signatures. There was even an astronaut floating above the sidewalk.

Luckily, I have made some great friends and keep meeting new ones. Quite a few here like to go on hikes or walks. The elevation here is 4,239 feet, so even a walk from the hotel to the Salt Palace can get you out of breath. I got invited on an easy mountain hike which I found pretty challenging. The other chemistry teachers were very nice to me and when we got to the top of our trek, we were at 9,462 feet in elevation. You can see that the scenery was worth the effort.

I look kind of goofy because I was trying to use my Apple Watch to control my camera. I guess I need some more practice on that.