Advanced Placement Chemistry classes at Tulsa’s East Central Senior High School are proof that Thunder fans are one smart and creative bunch. Thunder fan and chemistry teacher Jamie Holloway has found a way to combine her two favorite things by using Thunder players in her lesson plans.
I can only imagine her students’ reactions to their first assignment on the history of the periodic table of elements. To help illustrate the challenges scientists faced when organizing the elements, each student arranged the Thunder players based on height, weight, age, school or position to make their own Thunder periodic table.
Holloway doesn’t stop there; she incorporates the Thunder into her lesson plans all year. Examples taken from Thunder players help her students learn about the elements, polar and non-polar bonds, how the body achieves acid and base balance, and spontaneous reactions. Students even make atom cards based on players’ jersey numbers to learn about the atomic construction of molecules and compounds by making different player combinations.
The Thunder-themed lessons even inspired these budding scientists to work on a project that didn’t require protective eyewear. This wonderful piece, which they call “Kevin DurLAMP”, is made out of the paper player cutouts from their local newspaper.
Holloway and her classes get an “A+” for finding a fun way to combine beakers and basketball. We wish the students the best of luck on their Advanced Placement Chemistry test!
- Amy Hill