National Chemistry Week is October 18-24, 2015 and is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. It takes place each fall, and the North Jersey Section annually conducts several activities as part of NCW.

This year’s theme, “Chemistry Colors Our World”, focuses on the chemistry of food colors and fireworks, rainbows, natural dyes and pigments, and more

NCW Illustrated Poem Contest-2015 for Grades K-12
DEADLINE October 23, 2015

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. Click here for guidelines and details. Attach this entry form to your submission. For examples you can view last year’s national winners.

ChemExpo 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015 (10 am – 2 pm)

The North Jersey Section’s ChemExpo event for NCW 2015 includes hands-on chemistry activities for kids focused on the theme “Chemistry Colors Our World“, presented by area chemists, college and high school chemistry teachers and students. It will take place at at Liberty Science Center (LSC) on Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please circulate and post this flyer to invite visitors.

Volunteers 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. Please complete and submit the volunteer form: (.doc or PDF). You are requested to sign up by September 15, 2015.  Please follow the Guidelines and Safety Rules.


Sponsors are needed!

The North Jersey Section is seeking corporate sponsorship for its 2015 ChemExpo activities. If you think your employer might be able to help, please use this form: Call for Sponsors

Announcing a High School Competition!

A $100 cash prize will be given to the high school group that develops a great theme-related hands-on activity for the audience of young people and provides the best explanation of the science behind the activity. (See Call For High School Students)

Announcing a College Competition!

This year, ACS Student Chapters at Colleges and Universities in the area are invited to prepare demonstrations for school kids, and to compete for cash prizes for the best demonstrations, in the Sister Marian José Smith Undergraduate Outreach Competition. First prize is $175 and second prize is $75.

  • The winning Student Chapter will also receive the title of “National Chemistry Week Undergraduate Student Chapter 2015″
  • Student Chapters must register by October 1 in order to participate. To register send an email to Claire Miller at
  • Please circulate this Call for Student Participation flyer to generate interest among students.

For More Information

Visit the National Chemistry Week website at the ACS website, or contact Co-Chairs Mita Chaki and Monica Sekharan.

Younger Chemists Committee (YCC)

If you are a member of YCC, please note that YCC is organizing some of the ChemExpo demos and are seeking volunteers. Please see the YCC webpage for details and sign-ups.