Marin on the Bay
July 16 - 19, 2018
Dominican University, San Rafael, CA


  • Tyler DeWitt--Hydrogen Bonding & Common Mistakes -- This is a video suggested by one of the participants.  Tyler has many other videos as well for chemistry.
  • EdPuzzle -- This allows you to add questions to anyone's video to help students understand the content and keep engaged during a video.
  • PhET Simulations -- Many of the teachers use these simulations to help students understand concepts in AP chemistry (and first-year courses).  Once you sign in, you can download lessons from other teachers who have used these simulations with their students.
  • Plickers -- This site describes an app for your phone that allows you to poll your students (keeping them engaged) without special devices for each student.  Students hold up a piece of paper.  The direction the paper is held up signifies A, B, C, or D and the results are displayed as a bar chart for the teacher.
  • NMSI AP Chemistry -- The National Math and Science Initiative has many video lectures and downloadable chapters that Mick uses for his summer assignment.  He says the site states that all downloads must be completed by July 31, 2018.
  • -- A free graphing utility online.  I found the following YouTube Video by a physics teacher using the graph for best fit lines helpful for total beginners, like me.
  • Flinn's Free Resources -- Flinn has made many videos of demonstrations that are available on their site for free.  To find them go to Browse by Category (near the top left of their main page) > Resources > Chemistry > Chemical Demonstrations.  In addition to chemical demonstrations, there are downloadable .pdf's giving instructions as well.  There are great ideas here.
  • Ben Ku's Web Site -- I only mentioned Mr. Ku about a hundred times during the APSI.  Here is a link to his web site where he has links to the videos that accompany the Honors and AP curriculum.
  • Large Post-It Notes -- Here is the link to where those huge post-it type notes were purchased.  They stuck really nicely to the glass.  I have found in my classroom that they don't stick as well to the walls.  They stick nicely to a clean white board, however.
  • PES Webcast -- Here is a link to a page with Jamie Benigna's presentation about PES.  This presentation uses Flash which may cause a problem on some computer systems.
  • AP Supports 2019 -- Here is the link for the College Board web site describing the new supports that will be available for the 2019-2020 school year.  This includes the AP Test Bank, Unit Guides, etc.
  • Extreme Glow Nightsticks -- Here is the company where I purchased those bright, short-lived light sticks for the kinetics demonstration.  You need to purchase quite a few (100) to get free shipping.  Remember, when they quote a price like $8.50 each, they are talking about a bag of 10 nightsticks.  Keep them in the refrigerator to make them last longer.
  • ROYGBV Demo Information -- Here is specific information about the demonstration with the theatrical gels (cellophane) which is an analogy for the photoelectric effect.
    Roscolux Rx25 (Lt. Red) -- (this leaks a little)
    Roscolux Rx22 (Deep Amber)
    Roscolux Rx10 (Med. Yellow)
    [Note: I put some of the Med. Yellow behind the Red and Orange windows, too.]
    Roscolux Rx 389 (Chroma Green)
    Roscolux Rx 68 (Sky Blue)
    Roscolux Rx48 (Rose Purple)
    I mentioned that there are sample booklets that contain a small sample (1.75" x 3.25")  of each gel from this company.  You can find them online by following the link at the beginning of this note. I did a Google search for "Roscolux sample book" and found several sources.  The least expensive one ($1.50) is the one I linked above.  They also sell sample books with 3" x 6" samples for about $25.
Mick O'Meara, Connie Rice, Tracey Bidwell, Janelle Rotman
Mick O'Meara, Connie Rice, Tracey Bidwell, Janelle Rotman
Robin Huffman, Wesley Ayala, John Rezentes
Robin Huffman, Wesley Ayala, John Rezentes
Annalise Klein, Lauren Wright, Carri Polizzotti, Bhanupreet Gill
Annalise Klein, Lauren Wright, Carri Polizzotti, Bhanupreet Gill
Kevin Sinats, Bijan Verlin, Rob Iverson, Chris Brown
Kevin Sinats, Bijan Verlin, Rob Iverson, Chris Brown

Wesley AyalaManteca High
Tracey BidwellVenture
Chris BrownMt. Eden High
Bhanupreet GillManteca High
Robin HuffmanSan Domenico
Rob IversonLeigh High
Annalise KleinKIPP San Jose
Mick OMearaSt. Vincents High
Carri PolizzottiMarin Catholic High
John RezentesProvidence Catholic High
Connie RiceSanta Rosa High
Janelle RotmanAnn Sobrato High
Kevin SinatsBenicia High
Bijan VerlinKIPP SF College
Lauren WrightLivingston High