SLICE REActivities

(Sign Language Incorporation in Chemistry Education)


Transition States and Your Hands

Interested in incorporating your hands as models to represent the 3-D nature of a reaction? We have the tools for you.

Inspired by our work in developing complex STEM signs for organic chemistry to assist Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) students, we recognized the value of creating a lexicon to convey complex reaction transition states. We have developed a set of REActivities that can be used as workshops, out-of-class assignments, or during the scheduled lab time as a dry lab. The REActivities teach the students to use the hand signs for each transition state and then guides the student through what each sign represents and how it relates to 2-D paper chemistry.

There is one REActivity dedicated to each transition state motif. It's important to note that we took some liberties in naming a few of the motifs. This has helped students with categorizing the trends for electron pushing and helps when students try communicating what mechanism they are employing for a given reaction.


Deaf Culture and Audism

If you’ve enjoyed learning the ASL signs and narratives for these organic chemistry concepts and would like to learn more about Deaf Culture and Audism, please read Understanding Our Culture by Asma Sheikh.

Comprehensive Organic Chemistry ASL

If you are deaf or are an ASL interpreter and are interested in learning about the comprehensive vocabulary and narrative expansions for organic chemistry, please visit the ASLcore website.

Mechanistic Motif: SN2

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Beta-REActivity: SN2

Mechanistic Motif: SN1

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Beta-REActivity: SN1

Mechanistic Motif: E-1

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Beta-REActivity: E-1

Mechanistic Motif: E-2

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Beta-REActivity: E-2

Mechanistic Motif: Pi-base

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Beta-REActivity: Pi-base

Mechanistic Motif: Syn-3

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Beta-REActivity: Syn-3

Mechanistic Motif: Syn-4

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Beta-REActivity: Syn-4

Mechanistic Motif: 1,2-Addition

Mechanistic Motif: 1,2-Substitution

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Beta-REActivity:
1,2-Addition/1,2-Substitution

Meet the ASLcore Organic Chemistry Team

Asma Sheikh BS '19

ASL translator, SLICE team language creator and video signer / Undergraduate student


Kaitlyn Clark BS '20 MS '22

ASL translator, SLICE team language creator and video signer / Undergraduate student


Jonathan Dominguez BS '20 MS '22

ASL translator, SLICE team language creator and video signer / Undergraduate student


Michelle Mailhot BS '20

ASL translator, SLICE team language creator and video signer / Undergraduate student


Ashley Gleeson BS '20

ASL translator, SLICE team language creator and video signer / Undergraduate student


Cody Cummings BS '20

ASL translator, SLICE team language creator and video signer / Undergraduate student


Jennifer Swartzenberg

SLICE coordinator, Co-PI/ Deaf Support Faculty and Senior Lecturer


Tina Goudreau Collison

SLICE content expert, PI / Organic Chemistry Professor

Other REActivites To Try

First Day of Lab

Column Chromato-graphy

SN1/SN2

Bromination

Data Analysis

Virtual Lab Videos

Contact Information:

Dr. Tina Goudreau Collison

Professor of Chemistry

Rochester Institute of Technology

585-475-2634

cgcsch@rit.edu

The REActivities team is grateful for the generous support of the National Science Foundation, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Monroe Community College.