Month: July 2021

How I use sustainability as a theme when teaching chemistry

Every student in vocational education in Finland has to do one competence points from chemical phenomena and their application. One competence point is about 18 hours of work. The curriculum for teaching chemistry says that: The students must know how to take into account chemical substances and their properties in their work and assess their chemistry skills in the vocational field. Key concepts are to understand chemical phenomena (such as chemical bonding and chemical reactions), the chemical properties (such as flammability, reactivity and toxicity of a substances) and possible environmental risks of the most common chemical substances used in the vocational field. In Vamia there are four pedagogical themes: energy, Lean, entrepreneurship and internationality. Sustainable development is listed as one of the subtheme in energy.

How do I integrate sustainable development when teaching chemistry?

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“Did you ride the bus to school today? Was it a biogas bus?”

Photo: City of Vaasa / Mikael Matikainen

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