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What Makes Active Chemistry Unique?

A NSF-funded chemistry curriculum that embraces the three-dimensional learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for ALL students. Available as a full-year curriculum or as chapter books for extended day and summer school programs.


Three-Dimensional, Project-Based Learning

  • Science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas are seamlessly integrated.
  • Each chapter is anchored in an interesting and meaningful challenge.
  • Students use their new chemistry knowledge to creatively solve their Chapter Challenges.
  • Interactive Digital Edition

Students Learn Like Scientists and Engineers

  • Students develop important 21st-century skills as they work collaboratively in groups and engage in scientific discourse.
  • Students engage in the Engineering Design Cycle as they iteratively work towards completing the Chapter Challenge.
  • The program is based on cognitive science research encapsulated in the 7E Instructional Model.

Total Support for Teachers

  • Student Edition and a comprehensive Teacher’s Edition are available in print and digital formats.
  • Active Chemistry Learning Community provides teachers with resources to prepare lessons as well as share and compare with other teachers in an online community.
  • Online resources include daily lesson plans, pre-quizzes, student misconceptions, differentiation strategies, as well as videos that highlight the crucial chemistry for each section, and videos that familiarize teachers with lab equipment and setup.


Active Chemistry® fosters scientifically literate students who will be prepared for the workforce, able to make informed decisions and contribute as productive citizens in the 21st century.

Active Chemistry is research-based.
Active Chemistry was supported through National Science Foundation funding and consequently produced through rigorous, iterative, research-based development cycles. It is based on the latest research from the cognitive sciences on how students learn.

Active Chemistry students develop communication and collaboration skills.
In Active Chemistry, students develop a community of practice and a culture of collaboration and communication. The presentations of the Chapter Challenges provide students with opportunities
 to engage in scientific arguments using evidence and science knowledge and promote a deeper understanding through public practice.

Active Chemistry fits your standards.
Active Chemistry reflects the full scope of chemistry content standards for high school—those identified as the Disciplinary Core Ideas in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and those of individual states and districts.

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Active Chemistry Authors

Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft
University of Massachusetts

Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft has taught high school physics for over 28 years. He is currently the Distinguished Professor of Science Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he is also a Professor of Physics and the Director of the Center of Science and Math In Context (COSMIC). Dr. Eisenkraft is the author of numerous scientific and educational publications and holds a patent for a Laser Vision Testing System, which tests visual acuity for spatial frequency.

In 1999, Dr. Eisenkraft was elected to a three-year cycle as the President-Elect, President, and Retiring President of the NSTA, the world’s largest organization of science teachers. He has served on numerous committees of the National Academy of Sciences, including the content committee that has helped author the National Science Education Standards, and in 2003 he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Eisenkraft has been involved with a number of projects and chaired many notable competitions, including the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVisions Awards (1991 to present), which he co-created; the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants (1990 to 2005); and the Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition (1984 to 2000). In 1993, he served as Executive Director for the XXIV International Physics Olympiad after being Academic Director for the United States Team for six years.

Dr. Eisenkraft is a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at national conventions. He has published over 100 articles and presented over 200 papers and workshops. Quantoons, written with L. Kirkpatrick and featuring illustrations by Tomas Bunk, led to an art exhibition at the New York Hall of Science.

Dr. Eisenkraft has been featured in articles in The New York Times, Education Week, Physics Today, Scientific American, The American Journal of Physics, and The Physics Teacher. He has testified before the United States Congress, appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, National Public Radio, and many other radio and television broadcasts, including serving as the science consultant to ESPN’s Sports Figures.



This document charts the alignment between Active Chemistry® and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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NGSS Alignment Badge - Practices, Content, Crosscutting



"Chemistry is very challenging for many of our students because it is very abstract. Active Chemistry provided labs and hands-on activities first, then proceeded to the readings, which allowed students to make more sense of what they were learning. It's all about collaboration and I now get the attention of my students more than ever before. This is the best program."

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