National Chemistry Week 2019
National Chemistry Week, October 20-26, 2019
This year, we celebrate National Chemistry Week with the theme, Marvelous Metals, about all the different metals of the periodic table and their properties.
2019 is also the International Year of the Periodic Table, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the periodic table of the elements.
National Chemistry Week 2019 Activities in the ACS Georgia Section
C. David Sherrill, NCW Coordinator
Mary Breen, Fernbank Science Center
National Chemistry Week (NCW) was celebrated October 20-26, 2019, with the theme “Marvelous Metals.” 2019 was also the International Year of the Periodic Table!
Periodic Table Trivia
David Sherrill and students at Georgia Tech created a Periodic Table Trivia activity page for 2019. This was given a trial run at the 2018 Holiday Party of the Georgia Local Section, and then widely distributed by the Georgia Local Section and the Georgia Tech College of Science.
NCW Teacher Care Packages
The Georgia Section sent “care packages” of chemistry-related educational materials and give-aways to K-12 teachers in the section. We sent 29 packages to elementary schools, 15 packages to middle schools, and 37 packages to high schools, and to Chemistry Day at Fernbank Science Center (see below), representing a total of 82 teachers and 8700 students. Response to the care package program continued to rise compared to 2018, when we were received responses from 76 teachers.
Chemistry Day at Fernbank Science Center
A fun time was had by all at Fernbank Science Center’s annual Chemistry Day event. This year’s theme: Chemistry Colors Our World was a huge success with our young visiting chemists. Visitors delighted in making Glow-in-the-Dark Worms, testing the pH of mystery solutions, enjoying a Chemical Magic Show, and being a part of a larger science community. Over 600 guests attended our annual event which is supported by local college chemistry clubs, Dekalb county high school students, and the larger metro Atlanta science community. Providing an event that brings together members of Atlanta’s science community to celebrate chemistry in our daily world is a valuable event for supporting science in metro Atlanta. The Georgia Section provided copies of the “Celebrating Chemistry” newsletter and other give-aways for the crowd.