National Chemistry Week
National Chemistry Week
National Chemistry Week began as National Chemistry Day, and was a vision of then ACS President, George C. Pimentel. In 1986, Pimentel stated that…
 

National Chemistry Day is a bold and exciting undertaking for us. Its success will be measured, in the short term, by the number of people reached by our efforts. Over the long term, we will measure our success by the continued use of chemistry to solve societal problems and to improve the quality of life for us all.

This visionary statement led the ACS Board of Directors to establish National Chemistry Day (NCD), which was celebrated November 6, 1987.
A parade spanning two blocks in Washington, DC, helped kicked off the celebration with 173 out of 182 ACS local sections participating in the festivities within their communities. NCD was so well-received by the general public that in 1988 it received the highest honor accorded for excellence in public relations and was awarded the Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil.
The original intent was to celebrate NCD on a biannual basis. Because of the overwhelming enthusiasm and support shown in its debut year, NCD was expanded to a weeklong celebration and renamed, “National Chemistry Week” (NCW) in 1989. In 1993, NCW officially became an annual event, although many ACS local sections had already been celebrating it annually.
 

2014 National Chemistry Week Events
Celebrating
Chemistry of Candy!

October 25, 2014 – Boston Children’s Museum
From 11 am – 4 pm, NCW volunteers will be on-hand throughout the museum to perform demonstrations and assist in hands-on activities related to the chemistry of candy.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Boston Children’s Museum (pizza lunch provided).

If you would like to sign up to volunteer at this event, please use: http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ncw-volunteers


October 25, 2014 – BSA Camp Greenough
Wicked Cool Science Cafe from 1 pm-4 pm at BSA Camp Gree- nough, Yarmouthport, MA
www.capecodsciencecafe.tumblr.com

November 2, 2014 – Museum of Science Boston
* Phyllis A. Brauner Memorial Lecture by Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri
Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea. Professor Shakhashiri has captivated audiences with his scientific demonstrations at a variety of locations including Boston’s Museum of Science, the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
Taking place in CahnersTheatre (2nd floor, Blue Wing) at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
* Admission to the museum is required. Free tickets to Dr. Shakhashiri’s show will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets are available via advance reservation. To reserve tickets, please contact the NESACS secretary either via email secretary@nesacs.org (preferred) or by phone 1-781- 272-1966 before October 27, 2014. Tickets will be available for pick-up in the lobby of the museum at the ACS table.
* Hands-on Activities related to the yearly theme
Taking place from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on November 2, 2014 throughout the Museum
The High School Science Series event will be on October 31, 2014 at the MoS-Boston.

We will also be at the MoS on November 2, 2014. To sign up to volunteer for the MoS events, please use: http://bit.ly/MOSNCW2015


September 1 – October 8, 2014
K-12 students participate in the NCW poetry contest. Click here or http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw/ncw-illustrated-poem-contest.html for more information.
 
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2014 Illustrated Poem Contest
2013 National Chemistry Week Logo

The Northeastern Section of the ACS is participating in the ACS National Illustrated Poem Contest.

Details are outlined below.

National Chemistry Week 2014 Poetry Contest — The Sweet Side of Candy
Students in grades K-12 may participate.
Contest Deadline: October 15, 2014
Prizes: $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com
Contact: Christine Jaworek-Lopes, Emmanuel College, 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Winners of the Northeastern Local Section's illustrated poem contest will advance to the ACS National Illustrated Poem contest
Write and illustrate a poem using the NCW theme: "The Sweet Side of Candy".
Poems may be in any style (i.e. haiku, limerick, ode, ABC, free verse, end rhyme, blank verse, sonnet) but must not be longer than 40 words.
Participants are encouraged to explore topics related to:
  • Physical properties of candy
  • Ingredients in candy and candy-making
  • Sugar vs. alternative sweeteners
  • Any other relevant topics
Entries will be judged based upon:
  • Relevance to and incorporation of the theme
  • Word choice and imagery
  • Colorful artwork
  • Adherence to poem style
  • Originality and creativity
  • Overall presentation
For additional information about the poetry contest, see http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Boston Children’s Museum (pizza lunch provided). If you would like to sign up to volunteer at this event, please use: http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ncw-volunteers
The High School Science Series event will be on October 31, 2014 at the MoS-Boston. We will also be at the MoS on November 2, 2014. To sign up to volunteer for the MoS events, please use: http://bit.ly/MOSNCW2015

 

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