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Title of Initiative / Project
Chemistry – I know, I can, I understand
Name of Organiser
Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities
Start and ending date of the Initiative
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Funding Programme
Human Capital Operational Programme
Title of the project
„Chemia – wiem, umiem, rozumiem”
Uniwersytet Przyrodniczo-Humanistyczny w Siedlcach
Project number
Type of deliverables
Teaching Methodology, Didactical resource
Thematic area
Language of the deliverable
Target Group
Teachers, Students
Description of the initiative
The main objective of the Project is to increase the secondary students’ interest in the continuation of studies in Chemistry.

Methodological and organizational innovation in teaching chemistry
The core curriculum in secondary school chemistry emphasizes the role of experiment in the teaching of this subject. Because school laboratories’ equipment often of safety laboratory work do not meet the requirements, it is reasonable to appointment of external institutions, conducting practical training in chemistry. Proposed name for such a facility is the Center of Practical Training in Chemistry (abbreviated CCKP). Such centers could be established within the faculties of chemistry of the universities, or in secondary schools equipped with standard chemical laboratories, with well-developed technical facilities and complying with health and safety regulations in laboratory.

As part of an innovative project "Chemistry - I know I can, I understand" such a CCKP centre was tested, formed on the basis of the Insitute of Chemistry. Project "Chemistry - I know I can, I understand" involved 10 teachers from 10 secondary schools from Siedlce, Sokolow Podlaski and Węgrów.
More Information
The project "Chemistry - I know I can, I understand" tested new approach towards the laboratory classes in chemistry. Because school laboratories’ lack proper equipment, external laboratory for conducting practical training in chemistry and model Centre for Practical Training in Chemistry was created.
The results that could be further implemented are the catalogue of the laboratory classes, containing sets of experiments (
There are also instructions how to conduct the classes, with exercises based around several topics (chemistry in the kitchen, raw materials)
It also provides concept how the Centre of Practical Training in Chemistry could cooperate with schools. The idea is very good however, the drawback is that such a centre requires investment in the equipment and facilities, and financial resources to maintain it.
Teachers’ Opinion
Interesting scenarios for laboratory classes
Innovative programme
It is good idea to conduct classes of chemistry outside the classroom in well-equipped laboratories. The proposals of the experiments on different topics are very interesting. It could motivate students to learn and help to understand the concepts.
Students’ Opinion
The classes in chemistry in the laboratory are very interesting. Learning in practical way help to consolidate the knowledge. Such activities stay in the memory for longer time. It is good to be involved in the lesson – this opportunity is given in laboratory.

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Date: 2015.03.20

Posted by Maria Fabanova (Slovakia)

I am chemistry teacher on secondary school and for me is this web page very interesting because shows new approaches in laboratory exercises with lot very interesting education materials focused on laboratory exercises. This is very useful for me and especially for my students because we have really big problem with students motivation and laboratory exercises are one of the most important tool to motivate students and show chemistry as attractive topic for your everyday life. I will use many of this educational materials in my chemistry teaching.

Date: 2015.03.12

Posted by Katarína Javorová (Slovakia)

• Why is the project (selected initiative) important?
• Will an initiative/project provide outputs that can help to overcome lack of students´ motivation to study science?
• Do you plan to test given outputs (with your students)?
- The main aim of the Project Chemistry - I know, I can, I understand, realized by Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in the years 2010-2013, was to make teaching of the chemistry more attractive, to raise the level of competences among students, to enhance their skills and to provide students with the possibilities to learn about the newest scientific knowledge and its practical usage. The output of the project is the big amount of the demonstrations of realized educational activities, a lot of quality educational materials focused on the laboratory exercises. In the mentioned publications chemistry teachers can find well or less known examples of the laboratory exercises. There is a similar project on the Slovakia realized by The University of Constantin Philosopher in Nitra called Primas.
- The outcomes of the project are instructions to interesting lab exercises. Lab exercises can be very motivating for pupils, if they are done in a quality, interesting way including chemistry knowledge and using cross-curriculum information from other subjects.
- Yes, I plan to study in detail published educational materials, to translate them into Slovak (since they are in Polish). And of course I will implement some of the interesting activities to my lesson.
• What do you think are the possibilities of the selected project to be successful in increasing students' interest in studying science subjects?

Pupils are very happy to do lab exercises; they are curious and love to explore phenomena. If pupils do something with enthusiasm, there is a big chance that they will understand it better and will be willing to learn about it more. The name of the project Chemistry – I know, I can, I understand itself is apt and declares the intention and main aim of the project.

Date: 2015.03.07

Posted by Monika (Polska)

Individual realization of a chemical experiment is a basis for understanding and memorizing chemistry. Unfortunately in many schools equipment chemical labs are missing. That's why opening this kind of institution is totally reasonable. Catalog of classes for sure can be uses many times. Very interesting initiatie.

Date: 2015.02.24

Posted by Daina Priede (Latvia)

This initiative helps students to realize the link between theoretical knowledge in chemistry and the practical activities in real laboratory. That motivates students to acquire theoretical basis of subject during the practical work. I'll try to use this initiative in my teacher's practice.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.