The American Chemical Society (ACS) club in the Department of Chemistry will travel to the Carnegie Science Center on Saturday, October 23, 2010, to present hands-on demonstrations for children of all ages during National Chemistry Week.
Since 2005, the ACS club has traveled to Pittsburgh to give demonstrations to schoolchildren and their families for National Chemistry Week (NCW). NCW is held during the week of October 23 to honor Avogadro's Number (6.022 x 1023), which represents the number of atoms in a mole. In this region, the Carnegie Science Center hosts a two-day celebration of chemistry. Universities and chemistry-related businesses are invited to give hands-on demonstrations to exhibit the importance that chemistry plays in our lives. This year's theme is “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry.”
Seven students, accompanied by club advisor Dr. Nathan McElroy, will travel to the science center and present demonstrations with liquid nitrogen fog, toy snappers, and fake, edible blood.
NCW will be held on Friday, October 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is free with admission.
The mission of NCW is to reach out to the public, especially students, with positive messages about the important role chemistry plays in our daily lives. The NCW activities at the Carnegie Science Center are an ideal forum to promote science education and science literacy to young people, showcasing local professional societies, organizations, corporations and businesses, colleges and universities, and secondary schools. Since 1999, more than 3,000 individuals representing one hundred groups from Southwestern Pennsylvania have volunteered each year to help celebrate NCW in Pittsburgh. This annual program has reached more than 53,000 eager young people and curious adults who have enthusiastically participated in a variety of hands-on experiments and activities and watched amazing chemistry-related demonstrations. Through television and newsprint media, NCW has indirectly reached millions of people in the region with a positive message about the importance that chemistry plays in our quality of life. The Pittsburgh Section ACS has been the recipient of nine national ACS awards for its NCW program in the past eleven years!
The Pittsburgh Section's 2010 NCW activities are sponsored by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, the PPG Industries Foundation, Bayer Corporation, and the Carnegie Science Center.