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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 23 (2018) pp 159-164

Word Strings and Famous Quotes: Blending a Strategic and Familiarity Exercise for STEM Education

Megan D Slater, Hanna G Moss, Joshua J Cowger, Lindsey G Nichols, Ashlee D Robinson, Ashley V Spradley, Jimmie D Vinson, Jasmine C Change, Derek Hathaway, Thomas Manning*

Department of Chemistry, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga., 31698,
Received April 30, 2018. Accepted June 5, 2018.

Published: 2 August 2018

Abstract. This paper focuses on a new type of puzzle called Word Strings. A word string puzzle involves a list of words that students, in the first phase of learning, become familiar with the words. The puzzles are two dimensional grids that can be completed via several routes, resulting in different scores. Students not only need to complete the puzzle but also need a strategy to optimize their score. Approximately three hundred puzzles, all with an answer key, from a wide range of STEM areas are provided. The puzzles can be used at various levels of education.

Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry

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Supporting Materials:

An 845 page PDF file containing different types of problem solving activities. It contains both types of puzzles outlined in the paper. Solved puzzles are provided for all exercises. It should be noted that most puzzles have multiple solutions. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Tom Manning at (8.25 MB)

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