During the 2015-2016 school year, Chris Barnett and Paula Jones from the STEM Education Program, did research to test the effectiveness of a lesson plan. This lesson covers nuclear chemistry, which is featured in the Next Generation Science Standards and is a newer addition to the TN high school chemistry standards. This research was presented at the American Chemical Society conference in San Diego, CA in March 2016.
We created an intervention lesson, which we took into several schools in southeast and middle Tennessee. The 5E lesson had a pre/post evaluation, a cloud chamber demonstration, and covered half-life, balancing nuclear equations and the types of radioactivity.