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Nature's Chemistry

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Crystallizing Chemistry in Nature

Nature is chemistry. All matter is composed of the same building blocks - the elements. We are made from the same components as our environment, and this understanding will lead to a better appreciation of the impact that environmental health has on us, as we are all linked at the most basic, fundamental level.

After completing this module, you will be able to recognise different recyclable materials, the impact of various household and industrial practices on the environment and offer solutions to address these problems. As well, you will be able to pursue other modules to complete the requirements of the Environmental Chemistry Program.

The course will provide an introduction to the basics of matter (atoms, elements, ions, molecules, complex compounds), the states of matter (physical properties, gases, liquids, molecular bonding, crystal vs. amorphous solids), the relationship between simple forms of matter and living organisms.

What will you learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to understand the connection at the chemical level between all matter and will develop your inquiry based activities to explore best practices related to organic farming, resource management and how they impact the human body, to develop your particular interests on the topic.

As the culminating activity in this course, you will select and examine real-life situations where chemistry is impacting everyday life and will have opportunities to present and discuss their projects.

Discover and master:

  • understanding the basic properties of matter
  • understanding of the connection between common atoms and complex molecules
  • explaining and analysing simple chemical reactions
  • selecting proper safety precautions when handling various chemicals
  • explaining properties of water
  • distinguishing between recyclable and non-recyclable materials
  • assessing the potential impact of chemical reactions to environment and human health

Time Commitment

8 weeks, 2.5 to 4 hours per week

Prerequisites

None

Recommended Background Knowledge:

High School level Chemistry

Diploma

Certificate of Competence

Your Facilitator

Diana Morarescu

Diana Morarescu

Diana Morarescu is a Blue Planet Academy course author with a passion for teaching, science and social responsibility. Diana has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and over ten years experience in teaching various science and engineering courses. In the last couple of years, Diana fully embraced the idea that knowledge is power and began dedicating time to share more of her knowledge with the world. She started pursuing initiatives that bring education to the developing world and joined like-minded people with Population Services International, Curcubeul Cunoasterii - Romania, as well as Blue Planet Life.

Course fees

Participation fee: 54 Swiss Francs

The participation fee, payable when enrolling, allows everyone to take the course, including access to our co-working platform EarthPeople for one year.

Certification fee

Two to three weeks into the course, after experiencing the quality and value, we offer you the opportunity to get the Blue Planet Academy certificate by successfully completing the exercises and the final exam. The fee for the certificate is based on a flexible pricing model taking care of the average income in your country of residence. For trainees living in very low income countries, the participation fee includes the certificate.

Course fee per country

Download the price list including participation and certificate fee here.

All prices are in Swiss Francs. Convert it to your currency here.

Requirements

  • PC or laptop
  • Internet connection
  • Entry level: High School degree

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  1. Course Number

    ICChem
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  4. Estimated Effort

    2.5 - 4 hours per week