Bill Richey

Chemistry teacher @ Xenia High School

Presentation Title: Fantastical Chemistry and Physical Science Demonstrations for All Grades!!!

Abstract: These fun and super exciting chemistry and physical science demonstrations can be used by all teachers at any level to get a classroom of students excited about the amazing world of chemistry! Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire and you can use demonstrations effectively to get your students motivated!   It doesn’t matter if you teach kindergarten or high school AP chemistry.  These easy and practical demonstrations cover such topics as air pressure, gas laws, light and energy, density, atomic structure, solutions  and properties of water.  Demonstrations, if used effectively, can be used to get students excited about the lesson of the day.  Using these demonstrations, you will truly show your students what we already know – that science is fun!!

Biography: Bill Richey has spent the last 32 years of his life teaching students of all ages the joy of science.  He has been chosen 33 times by the valedictorians of Xenia High School as their most influential teacher. He is a firm believer in and has presented numerous courses/workshops on the subject of hands-on science locally, state-wide and nationally.He received his B.S in Biology/Chemistry in 1984 and his M.Ed. in 1986, both from Wright State. He has been involved extensively in the “Teaching Science with Toys” programs at Miami University. He has coordinated and runs several successful Science is Fun! Camps for 2nd – 5th graders for the last twenty-eight summers and has a successful high school chemistry club where over 150 of his high school chemistry students go to the elementary schools six times each school year and teach hands-on science.  Besides being the 1998 Ohio Teacher of the Year, he is also a 1999 Milken National Educator& won the 2006 Disney American Teacher