WK.04 Crystallography - World of Wonders

This workshop is a repeat of the workshop offered at the 2010 Chicago meeting, which was met with much enthusiasm. It is targeted at equipping high school teachers with materials and knowledge that allows them to introduce some basic topics and experiments related to crystallography to their classrooms. The goal is to expose teachers to crystallography, to instill an appreciation of our science in them, and to get them well enough acquainted with the topics that they feel comfortable passing this knowledge and excitement on.


Crystallography is a very visual science that can be introduced at any level/age. Early exposure can catch children's interest, keep them involved in science in general and crystallography in particular, and will ultimately attract the next generation of crystallographers to study in fields involving crystallography. It will also improve the appreciation and general recognition of our science by the general public.


This is a full day workshop, designed to qualify as continuing education credit for high school teachers to be attractive.


Organization: Lectures introducing basic topics, combined with hands-on "discovery" type exercises that can be taken back to the classroom.





Demonstration: Smart-X2S

(Bruce Noll, Bruker)



Materials Discovery Camp Part I

(Claudia Rawn, ORNL, UT Knoxville)

Making Structures with Lego, Ping-Pong Balls and Yarn


Coffee Break



Materials Discovery Camp Part II

(Claudia Rawn, ORNL, UT Knoxville)

Making Structures with Lego, Ping-Pong Balls and Yarn


Diffraction Basics

(Cora Lind, U. Toledo)






Structure solution of aspirin

(Bruce Noll, Bruker)



Remotely enabled instruments - a new paradigm for teaching crystallographic science

(Katherine Kantardjieff, CSU Pomona)



Understanding Everyday Materials using X-ray Powder Diffraction

(Jim Kaduk)



Coffee Break



Using the Cambridge Structure Database

(Colin Groom, CSD)



Getting the Most Out of the Protein Data Bank

(David Goodsell, Scripps Research Institute)



Biomolecule structures for the classroom




Cora Lind, Univ. of Toledo

[email protected]


Workshop fee:

This fee is no fee for qualified high school teachers but preregistration is mandatory