Dr. Michael Garoutte has been approved for a sabbatical in the spring of 2018 as part of an effort that will help create learning tools that can be utilized by students around the United States.

As one of the co-principal investigators on a multi-university team, Garoutte applied for the sabbatical to help develop laboratory experiments (such as how to determine the melting point of solids) that can be used to teach general chemistry.

“We’ve submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation and applied for a grant,” Garoutte says. “The idea is to create inquiry-based experiments and fully develop them with a set of instructions and teacher notes so that others can use it.”