For 30 years, ACS has been championing National Chemistry Week as a celebration of chemistry’s impact on the world around us. This annual event is an opportunity for both ACS members and non-members to come together and share stories of the transformative power of chemistry. National Chemistry Week 2017 is a chance for chemists to engage the public, including primary and secondary school students, around all the ways chemistry affects their lives.
Each year National Chemistry Week is centered around Mole Day, October 23rd, which is written as 10/23 in American notation, as a nod to Avogadro’s number, 6.022×1023. Each year the week comes with a unique theme that shapes the resources and events produced for the celebration.
ACS is providing the following resources to help you celebrate National Chemistry Week 2017:
- A live online broadcast on Tuesday, Oct. 24th at 7 p.m. ET featuring experts in rock and mineral chemistry.
- An illustrated poem contest for K-12 students
- Collected “Meg A. Mole, Future Chemist” profiles of chemists in a variety of disciplines
- A special issue of Celebrating Chemistry for children in Grades 4-6, available in both English and Spanish
- ChemMatters, a magazine that helps high school students find connections between chemistry and the world around them in English and Spanish
- Safety recommendations for chemistry educators
- Geochemistry resources from the Journal of Chemical Education
- A tool for finding local National Chemistry Week events near you
- Assets for holding your own local National Chemistry Week event.
- Slide for a PowerPoint presentation on the chemistry of rocks and minerals
- Tips for hosting Science Cafe events around geochemistry
- Tips for getting your workplace involved
- Design resources to use in your outreach
- C&EN’s profile of the history of National Chemistry Week
- An episode of ACS Reactions on how chemists determine the age of rocks: