Southern Nevada Section

2017 Sci Tech Expo, Career Day at CSN

 

 Southern Nevada Section Event Report

Event:  Science & Technology Expo at College of Southern Nevada

 

Description:  Career day for Las Vegas, NV area high school students.  The section has a booth to distribute literature and puts on magic of chemistry shows.  Several thousand students attend.  Contact is also made with teachers and home schooled grade school age students.

 

Year:  2017

 

Primary contact:  John Gerlach

 

Categories:  k-12 student, Science fairs & festivals, education.

 

Event phase:  Completed

 

Event frequency:  Annual

 

Event date:  4/28/2017

 

Supporting Committees:  Community affairs

 

Event Partners (non ACS):  College of Southern Nevada

 

Number of Volunteers:  4

 

            -Members:  3

            -Non-members:  1

 

Estimated attendees:  244

 

-Members:  4

-Non-members:  240

 

Outside funding:  None

 

Event Coverage:  E-mail

 

Event Promotion:  E-mail 

 

Event success (1-10):  8 to 9

 

What were greatest successes?   The chemical reaction demonstrations that presented the “flash-bang-gee-wiz” part of chemistry were well received.  The “What’s That Stuff” C&EN series was a very popular handout.  Everyone got a periodic chart.  We also had some handout packets for teachers.  Some of the home schooled students of grade school age were well on their way to becoming professional scientists.  We were more than happy to talk to them about working as a chemist.  We were glad to help them out with things like accessing the ACS website. 

 

 

Lessons Learned:  At the booth, our experiment in making a brightly colored bag of goop was a big hit.  We had a line of people all day.  It turned out to require a one-on-one assistance to keep things moving.  We could have used more equipment and more volunteers to handle more people.  We almost needed a second table.