John Suchocki, Ph.D.

John Suchocki, Ph.D.

John Suchocki is author of Conceptual Chemistry as well as a coauthor of other “conceptual” science textbooks used by colleges and high schools world wide. He obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, which was followed by a two year postdoctorate in pharmacology at the Medial College of Virginia. He taught chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and then at Leeward Community College where he received tenure and was highly active in the development of distance learning programs and student-centered learning curricula. In addition to authoring textbooks, John teaches as a visiting professor at various colleges including St. Michael’s College, Texas Tech University, and most recently Weber State University. John is founder/CEO of Conceptual Academy an online video-centered science learning platform now used by a growing number of colleges and high schools, including homeschools and co-ops. John is a regular contributor to the SEA magazine featuring meaningful hands-on science activities that can be performed at home.  He maintains the popular Conceptual Academy YouTube channel, which features select Conceptual Academy science video lessons for the general public. He is co-host of the Conceptual Academy Big Picture Podcast series with his wife Tracy, who has a strong background in environmental science and childhood education. On the side John is the author and illustrator of science-oriented children’s books found at Styraki.com. An avid songwriter he also produces music, which can be found through JohnAndrew.net. Mostly, he is the proud husband to Tracy with their three adventuresome children: Ian, Evan, and Maitreya now all within their college years.

May 22, 2020
3:45pm EST

Hands-On Science in the Kitchen
**STUDENT WORKSHOP**

John Suchocki, author of the SEA Magazine Activity Corner, will take the participants on a tour of his laboratory factory (aka kitchen) where fun and meaningful hands-on science activities get invented and tested. While explaining the science along the way, he’ll showcase some of this latest works not yet revealed to the general public, such as how to build a fairly precise “Rubber Band Balance”, and the amazing “Paper and Spool” pulley system. Time permitting we’ll explore other kitchen wonders, such as how to measure the speed of light with bread dough and a microwave. Whether participating in this workshop live or recorded, you may want to have the following items on hand: Letter envelope, rubber band, scissors, tape, coins, paper clips, dental floss, a sewing spool (empty), paper, large binder clip, ruler, pencil, and a hefty does of curiosity. Get ready for the fun of exploring!

May 24, 2020
2:30pm EST

Conceptual and Experiential High School Science

The number one skill a student needs to succeed in science is curiosity. Students, however, can be easily overwhelmed, especially when science is presented as an arena for mathematical problem solving. At its core, science is the systematic study of the wonders of the natural universe. A focus on the basic ideas underlying these natural wonders plays to each student’s natural curiosity helping them to remain engaged. This is what we call a conceptual approach to teaching and learning science. When blended with a hands-on experiential approach, you have all the secret ingredients for reaching every student regardless of their initial level of enthusiasm.