WEEK 9 - March 31, 2021

When I Grow Up - Part II

What It's Like to Work in the Sciences

Thank you for joining in as we welcomed Jennifer Maclachlan, Managing Director of PID Analyzers, LLC, Tim Lau, Senior Chemist at Evonik, and Tiquann Jett- Jamison, Science Educator in the School District of Philadelphia, who shared what made them interested in science, their experiences growing up, their journeys in going from from student to professional, as well as how their careers changed and evolved along the way.

 As a reminder, you can find out more about Jennifer, Tim and Tiquann on the After School Chemistry web page.


WEEK 10 - April 7, 2021

Experiment Demonstration

Casein Adhesives and Edible Bioplastics

We are building up to Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) 2021 by revisiting experiments from CCEW and NCW 2020 focusing on Sustainability and Protecting Our Planet through Chemistry - "Making Glue at Home: Casein Biopolymer Adhesives" & "Earth Friendly Plastics: Edible Water pods" - presented by Nigel Sanders and Greglynn Gibbs.

Resources to perform the experiments at home: Casein adhesives Water pods

Project SEED Applications Now OPEN!!!

Students can apply for Project SEED's virtual summer 2021 program today (March 22) through April 26 via the APPLY NOW button on the webpage below: 

Project SEED's Virtual Program is a 6-week online experience where you will get to learn more about chemistry-related careers, prepare for the college experience (choosing and applying to college, navigating financial aid and scholarships, and mapping out a strategy to succeed), and the basics of lab research.  While this program does not include hands-on research, the skills that you will acquire will help prepare you for a future research opportunity.  Each week, there will be small-group discussions, independent assignments, and nationally broadcasted webinars on the three objective areas, as well as social activities to help you get to know your colleagues and mentors. Participating students receive a stipend of at least $1,000 for completing the 6-week program and assignments.  

Students will need to submit the following as part of the application:
  1. Parent/Guardian Permission & Income Tax Information. (Your parent will receive an email with a link to provide a digital signature and to upload documents to confirm financial eligibility.)
  2. Unofficial High School Transcript (that you will upload into your application)
  3. Answers to the following 3 essay questions. (The application CAN be saved, so a student can start the application and then return to complete it. I don't see word limits at this time, but I'd suggest each response should be at least 1 paragraph.)
  •    Essay 1: Describe yourself and tell us about your goals after high scho.
  •    Essay 2: Describe any lab experiences you have had in your education thus far, types of lab or activities you have done, and confidence in your lab skills.
  •    Essay 3: Why do you want to participate in Project SEED? Elaborate on how this will affect your education, passion for science, or impact your life.

Questions?  Contact Jeremy Heyman (jbheyman@gmail.com) with "Project SEED in the Subject Line.  Or the national office at projectseed@acs.org.

Sign up for the National Science Day Book Club !

April 1 - 21, 2021
In celebration of National Science Day, the After School Chemistry Program is hosting a science themed book club! Reading will begin April 1st and discussion will take place April 21st. There will be no quizzes! We don't even expect you to read the entire book! (Although it would make for great discussion.)

Books will be provided 
FREE to all participants by the Penn State Berks Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore based on the results of this poll. Please choose the book you are most interested in reading and discussing.


April 18–24, 2021

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

Theme: Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry


For years, chemists have been promoting a better world through recyclable plastics, cleaner-burning fuels, phosphate-free detergents, environmental monitoring, and green chemistry initiatives. To promote the positive role that chemistry plays in the world, ACS established the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) public awareness campaign. During CCEW, ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate by coordinating events and communicating the importance of chemistry. Read more about CCEW.

Celebrate CCEW 2021 April 18–24 with the theme, “Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry.

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