North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

National Chemistry Week – Oct 17-23, 2021

National Chemistry Week 2021

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To celebrate National Chemistry Week 2021, the North Jersey Section will host the following two community-based events:

  • NCW Illustrated Poem Contest
  • ChemExpo 2021

The events are geared to unite the North Jersey Section of ACS, local schools, businesses, and individuals to communicate the role of chemistry in our life to the community.

NCW Illustrated Poem Contest for Grades K-12

Submission deadline:  Friday, October 22, 2021 

Contact & submissions: Bettyann Howson (bhowson@njacs.org)

NCW 2009 NJACS 2nd Place grade 9 winner

Each school may submit up to three entries for each Grade Category (K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12).

Showcase your talents and win money and recognition within our section and national ACS. First place winners in our North Jersey Section contest will become candidates for national prizes and national recognition. Please read the [ guidelines and details ].

Attach this [ entry form ] to your submission.

For samples of recent winning entries see: [ recent national winners ]. Visit the ACS NCW 2021 [ Resources Page ] for ideas to help your students design their Illustrated Poems and to help you celebrate NCW in your classroom.

ChemExpo 2021

10:30 am – 3 pm on Saturday, October 23, 2021

at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey

2019 moles bikingThe North Jersey Section members of the American Chemical Society invite you to celebrate National Chemistry Week at Liberty Science Center on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 10:30 am to 3 pm where area chemists, college and high school teachers and students will provide hands-on activities for kids. This year’s theme is FAST or SLOW – Chemistry Makes It Go! Prizes will be awarded to presenters from college and high school groups who compete for the best activities pertaining to the theme.

High School Competition!

High school students in the area are invited to participate in the competition for details see Call For High School Students. Cash prize(s) will be given to the high school group(s) that develop a theme-related hands-on activity for the audience and provide the best explanation of the science behind the activity. The activities should be geared for 5 to 12 year olds. Check out the ACS National Chemistry Week Web Page to get some ideas for hands-on activities that you might be interested to present. The Safety Guidelines and Judging Criteria are provided to help design hands-on activity for competition. Please submit registrations at [ https://bitly.com/ChemExpo2021 ]  by October 15, 2021.

College Competition!

ACS student chapters and / or Chemistry Clubs at colleges and universities in the area are invited to participate in the competition. For details see Call for College Students . Cash prizes will be given to the groups who develop theme-related hands-on activities for the audience and provides the best explanation of the science behind the activity. The activities should be geared for 5 to 12 year olds. Check out the ACS National Chemistry Week Web Page to get some ideas for hands-on activities that you might be interested to present. The Safety Guidelines and Judging Criteria are provided to help design hands-on activity for competition. Please submit registrations at [ https://bitly.com/ChemExpo2021 ] by October 15, 2021.

ncw1Volunteers are needed!

The success of ChemExpo depends on members of NJ-ACS assisting at LSC on the day of the event and various groups presenting activities. More info in this [ pdf flyer ]. Please circulate to colleagues!

If you can help, please register at [ https://bitly.com/ChemExpo2021 ]

Sponsors are needed!

The North Jersey Section is seeking corporate sponsorship for its 27th ChemExpo activities. To sponsor please use Call for Sponsors 2021. The ChemExpo committee will really appreciate your support.

Visit the ACS National Chemistry Week page.

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For More Information


Visit the ACS National Chemistry Week Web Page, or contact committee members at njacschemexpo@gmail.com).

Younger Chemists Committee (YCC)

If you are a member of YCC, please note that YCC may be organizing some of the ChemExpo demos and may be seeking volunteers. Please contact your YCC leadership for details and sign-ups.

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