It is appropriate that I start with the Scientific Method. Didn’t your chemistry course start with a long description of the scientific method? Well, I was reading this article, “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System”, by Spear and Bowen, HBR 1999 and a real world application of the scientific method just blew me away. What a great example to share with your intro chemistry freshmen who are all thinking, “Why do I care about the Scientific method? I am not a scientist, duh!”
I encourage you to read this article, but in a nutshell, it talks about how TPS nurtures a scientific community in its plants, where everyone, right down to the gal who tightens the bolts, is encouraged to think scientifically, use the scientific method to problem solve, conduct experiments and prove or disprove hypotheses. It is fabulous.