Our outstanding program for educators involves hands-on workshops for different levels K-16 and  programs for 2YC3 teachers. There will be networking opportunities, long distance options, sessions on the NGSS-aligned Regional Water Quality Experiment, and more.

For Traditional Teachers

Different CERM 2019 education programs will be directed to teachers of grade levels K-16.  Continuing education credits (called SCECHs in the state of MI) will be offered for as many of the K-12 programs as possible. Teacher candidates are welcome, too.  Alignment with NGSS standards will be a focus. Green Chemistry and laboratory safety, as well as STEM teaching and assessment methods will be among the topics covered.

For Informal Educators

Non-traditional educators are also targeted, including those who home school and those who teach STEM in informal environments such as museums, libraries, summer camps or after school programs. Workshops will include give-aways and some supplies will be donated to attendees.


Planned workshops include several (different grade levels) from Beyond Benign (Green chemistry/toxicology), and safety training that incorporates RAMP concepts.  Others will teach ways to incorporate 3-D printing into STEM and other school curricula (with hands-on training).  MI Star training will also be offered.  The complete list of workshops is shown below. These will be offered at the MSU-STEM Building in Midland.

Long Distance Participation

Some of the workshops will be offered by two-way interactive video conferencing, with supplies and facilitators at satellite locations in the Central Region. Available programming and locations will be published here after it is finalized.

STEM School Tour and Programs

The new Central Park K-5 STEM School in Midland was designed from the ground up for student involvement.  “Through engaging and relevant curriculum that extends beyond the classroom walls, students will improve their understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as develop problem solving and collaboration skills in indoor maker spaces and outdoor learning spaces.”  Join us for a tour of this unique facility followed by training in Project Lead the Way and hands-on Family Engineering. Space will be limited.


Dr. Melanie Cooper, who is affiliated with the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University  and whose research projects include work with Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything (CLUE), an NSF supported general chemistry curriculum, will be a featured speaker.

Dr. Mark Bourgeois of Notre Dame plans to join us on June 7 at the Chippewa Nature Center to discuss the role of ethics and holistic approaches in science education.  More details about this and other speakers will be forthcoming.

Chemical Education Symposia

Chemical Education-related papers will be offered on the afternoons of June 6 and 7 at the H Hotel.  Topics and presentation length will be dictated by submissions, for which calls are expected to be made in late 2018. Higher education content will be targeted for June 6 and K-12 for June 7.

Related poster sessions are also expected on these two days at the H Hotel.


Abstracts are now being accepted for the 223rd Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3) Conference in connection with the ACS Central Regional Meeting (CERM) on June 7, 8, 2019. Abstracts on all topics are welcome. If you are interested in presenting, send the following information to Peter Larkowski:

•   Presentation title
•   Presentation abstract (limit: 150 words)
•   Name
•   Job title
•   Institution name and address
•   Work phone number
•   Work email

The deadline for abstracts is May 17, 2019. Please, contact Peter Larkowski with any questions. For more information on 2YC3, visit www.2yc3.org.

Evening Events

On Thursday, June 6, a community-wide open access STEM Festival is planned in collaboration with Midland Center for the Arts. Chemistry Clubs from around the Central Region will be invited to assist with interactive or hands-on activities.

On June 7 at Chippewa Nature Center, educators are invited to an informal dinner with a speaker and a tour of the center, free of charge.

Call for Award Nominations

Nominations are requested for the following awards to be presented at the 2019 CERM Meeting, June 3-8,   2019 in Midland, Michigan during the awards ceremony on June 5th:

  • ACS Division of Chemical Education (CHED) Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching
  • Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society
  • Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences

The Central Region of the ACS consists of the following states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia which includes the following local sections: Akron, Central Ohio Valley, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Erie, Huron Valley, Indiana, Indiana-Kentucky Border, Kanawha Valley, Michigan State University, Midland, Northeastern Indiana, Northeastern Ohio, Northwest Central Ohio, Penn-Ohio Border, Pittsburgh, Southern Indiana, Toledo, Upper Ohio Valley, Western Michigan, Wooster.