The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) Presents

Herbert L. Retcofsky Computer Software Workshop

For High School Chemistry and Physics Teachers

Thursday, April 25, 2024
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Fee: $21.00 (includes lunch)
Location: Pittcon Office
Monroeville Business Park
2150 Eldo Road, Monroeville, PA, 15146
PA teachers attending the workshop will receive 5 hours of credit toward their Act 48 requirements

Information for the 2025 workshop will be available in the fall.

About the Workshop

The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) offers a computer software workshop for high school chemistry and physics teachers. The software to be demonstrated includes data manipulation software from Vernier Science Education (formerly Vernier Software and Technology), physics’ laboratory simulation software by Prof. Richard Tarara, simulation and classroom programs from Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) Software and Victor Bendall Software.
Much of the JCE Software is web enabled. Web access will be available during the workshop. Bring your laptop computers for use during the workshop. The specific subjects to be covered include, but will not be limited to: graphing of data, curve fitting, harmonic analysis, spectrophotometry, chemical and physical periodicity of the elements, tutorials, and a variety of laboratory simulations. There will be a brief demonstration of the use of WiFi communication with tablet devices and Vernier sensors using the Graphic Analysis 4 software. Attendees will perform a quantitative spectrophotometric experiment using their cell phones.

Teachers keep all software discussed including Vernier’s Logger-Pro for use in their own classrooms. During the workshop, the teachers will perform a quantitative spectrophotometric experiment using their cell phones.

The workshop will conclude with a “Great (well – almost great) Book and Software Give Away”! Also, there will be a drawing at workshop end. A teacher will receive a Vernier’s LabQuest 3 Starter Kit with a retail value of over $650 (must be present to win).

The workshop will be presented on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the Pittcon Office in the Monroeville Business Center. Directions will be provided upon registration.The workshop is computer based and all software is high quality, user friendly, and well adapted for the science classroom, science laboratory, or homework assignments. Participants are able to use the software during the workshop. Most of the workshop software is available for PCs and newer Macintoshes. A continental breakfast will be available and lunch will be provided.

Early registration is encouraged, as the workshop is limited to 20 participants. The final date for registration is March 29, 2024. Late registrations may be accepted depending on space availability.

Please let us know if financial assistance is required for your attendance at this workshop.


Contact Hub MacDonald

Phone: 724-519-2585