OnRamps was founded in 2011 to increase the number and diversity of students who engage in learning experiences aligned with the expectations of leading universities. To do this, OnRamps established and applies a four-pillar design—to meet college standards, implement innovative pedagogy, facilitate a technology-enhanced education, and diffuse aligned college experiences.
OnRamps facilitates a network of Texas students, teachers, districts, community partners and higher education institutions, offering:
- high-quality courses for students to engage in authentic college experiences;
- ongoing professional development and virtual supports for teachers to improve the quality of instruction; and
- strategic partnerships that extend the reach and yield the greatest impact on postsecondary attainment, persistence and completion
Principles of Chemistry I : addresses the nature of matter, energy, chemical reactions, and chemical thermodynamics. The course begins with a review of descriptive chemistry of matter in the natural world as well as compositional and reaction stoichiometry of chemical compounds. Throughout the course, students learn to think like scientists by exploring the underlying theoretical foundations of chemistry, making intuitive arguments for how the world works, and supporting those arguments with quantitative measures. Built with an intention to engage students from a variety of backgrounds, students in the course will learn how to successfully study science by organizing their learning around mastery and ownership of materials.
Introduction to Chemical Practices I, the course’s lab component, provides an introduction to the techniques of modern experimental chemistry, and is designed to instill basic laboratory and analytical skills.