The Southern Nevada Section runs several programs each year that involve members of the local community. These include regular programs such as the Chemistry Olympiad, National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate National Earth Day. Other programs are put on for special occassions or occur on an irregular basis.
This is an annual event held in the spring. The local ACS section teams up with other organizations for an "Earth Day Festival." This event is typically held on the Promenade at the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus. Several ACS booths (5 last year) are visited by about 1000 area middle school and junior high school students. From 10 to 20 local volunteer conduct a variety of activities showing where chemistry occurs in every day life. Volunteers perform demonstrations of chemical reactions. In other cases the volunteers supervise students as they conduct their own hands on experiments. A variety of small gifts with a "Chemists Celebrate Earth Day" theme are handed out.
Volunteers find this event highly rewarding.
Local memeber who would like to participate in Chemists Celebrate Earth Day please contact event coordinator, Dr. Orofino (Dick) Gaglione, OGGAG@aol.com
U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Competition Process
The Chemistry Olympiad consists of four stages:
For more information contact event coordinator Dr. Mark Garner at College of Southern Nevada, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local competitions occur in the spring. These competitions select the best two students from each participating area high school. All first stage winners are invited to the local section awards meeting in May. The first stage is quickly followed by the national competition, last held at College of Southern Nevada. This second local competition includes written and laboratory exams.
Science experiments for children on tap for National Chemistry Week
Hands-on science experiments for children are among the many activities planned for area residents during this year’s celebration of National Chemistry Week. The annual event is an outreach program hosted by the Southern Nevada section of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.
The theme for this year’s National Chemistry Week is “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry” – Celebrating the chemistry in movies, movie set design, makeup artistry, and common special effects. The activities that are planned will demonstrate concepts in chemistry which can explain the mystery behind the “magic” that is shown in films.
The annual event is designed to diminish the term “magic” associated with the “unexplainable” and direct attention to the chemistry which makes special effects work.
The week will kick off [date] at [location] with a(n) [morning/afternoon/evening] of hands-on science activities for elementary-school children and their parents. Area chemists will supervise and explain the importance of each activity.
Details on National Chemistry Week events will be published in the coming weeks. Check back in early October.
Local memeber who would like to participate in National Chemistry Week please contact event coordinator, Dr. Orofino (Dick) Gaglione, OGGAG@aol.com
2014 NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK EVENT