Making chemistry relevant to the STEM freshman student: Examples from inter-disciplinary seminar courses developed in an NSF-STEP sponsored project

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Sharmistha Basu-Dutt, sbdutt@westga.edu, Victoria J. Geisler, vgeisler@westga.edu, and Dusty Otwell. Department of Chemistry, University of West Georgia, 1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA 30118
Three novel seminar courses have been developed by collaborative efforts of STEM faculty at the University of West Georgia as part of a NSF-STEP project “Generating Enthusiasm for Math and Science”. Freshmen students in these courses explore the inter-dependence of scientific principles in the real world using inquiry-based, hands-on activities. In this paper, we will describe some activities on matter and energy that show the relevance of chemistry in Engineering and Forensics.