Ian Guch

Ian Guch has a B.A. in Chemistry from UCSB and has been teaching and writing about chemical education for nearly 20 years. His website and books have helped students and teachers alike with their free tutorials and educator resources. He has been using the GNU/Linux operating system for five years and isn’t planning on going back to Windows. Ian will be running a workshop focused on how to build your own computer for the ground up including where to get, install, and use the free Linux Operating system.

All three programs are for teens and adults.

The Student as Teacher - A New Approach To Chemistry Education

In school environments, students are told what to learn, when to learn it, and how to learn it. While often stifling the students’ creativity, it has the not-insignificant benefit of ensuring that “real chemistry” is performed in a safe way. For many reasons, homeschooling groups have problems working within this traditional learning paradigm. I propose that, instead of having the teachers lead and control instructions, that the students use novel and genuine problem-solving to guide themselves through chemistry.

The challenges to a chemistry curriculum are many. Who defines the pace of learning? Who determines what is worth learning? How do students perform meaningful labs without endangering themselves or others? In this presentation, we will explore the ways in which students can be given free reign to learn given the limitations of a homeschooling environment.

Making The Most Of Linux

Though the Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX operating systems dominate the home computer market, there is another option: Linux. This workshop will discuss what Linux is, how to make it work, and how to make the most of powerful and easy-to-use free and open source software.

Building The Perfect PC From Scratch

In this workshop, we’ll go through the process of constructing a PC from the parts up. If anybody would like to get in touch with me ahead of time, I’d be happy to help you find a parts list that will allow you to build your own custom computer at the same time. Participants will learn how to build complete and functioning computers for less than $250.

This class is limited to the first 10 people who sign up. To sign up, email us at [email protected]