Demonstrate Science

LVACS chemists make science come alive with demonstration tables at schools and civic institutions. It's also a great way for young chemists such as college students to 'give back' what they have already learned and help the community to understand how chemistry impacts their daily lives. Would you like to be the chemist for fascinated kids and their parents? Extract DNA from strawberries? Make edible waterpods? It's fun and mind-opening.

Are you a community member in the PA counties of Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe or Warren NJ looking for a chemical professional to demonstrate science for your group and talk about the chemical profession? Please contact us!

Here's an example of a recent science fair we attended. 


 

Da Vinci Science Center

The Lehigh Valley section is an active partner with our local science museum, Da Vinci Science Center of Allentown, in "Bringing Science to Life and Lives to Science." Da Vinci's mission meshes splendidly with ACS' mission of "Chemistry for Life" thus making our collaboration truly synergistic. You'll find LVACS chemists celebrating National Chemistry Week (NCW) and Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) here every year! 

Here's what we did for "Marvelous Metals" (NCW 2019).

Here's what happened during CCEW 2019: "Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper."
ACS CHEMLUMINARY AWARD WINNER!! See the announcement.

 

NCW 2020

This year’s theme, “Sticking with Chemistry” was all about adhesion phenomena, natural and man-made. From how geckos walk across ceilings to the chemistry of superglues and Post-It note adhesives, we investigated what makes things stick together (or not) and even made our own glue (from milk) and evaluate its performance by a simple adhesion test. We also learned about the importance of wetting of the surfaces we’re trying to bind together by the glue and what adhesive ‘tackiness’ means and how to measure it.


NCW 2020 "socially-distanced" kick-off event, in cooperation with the BrickLIVE-Ocean outdoor exhibit at Da Vinci Science Center, Saturday, October 17th. 

Once again, we had our illustrated poetry competition: take a look at the 'sticky' rhymes that were sent to us electronically. This year's winner is Margaret Władysławski for her “Gecko” poem with second place going to Quan Hoang of Muhlenberg HS for “Chemical Bonds”!

More information about NCW 2020 can be found on the National ACS website and by contacting our NCW Coordinator, Lindsey Welch lawelch@cedarcrest.edu.

Join the fun!

We're always looking for volunteers for a wide variety of outreach events...and each year we award a worthy Volunteer of the Year. Just give us a shout and we'll give you your chemistry magic wand! 

National Chemistry Week / Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Coordinator:
Lindsey Welch, lawelch@cedarcrest.edu
 
Da Vinci Science Center Coordinator:
Nigel Sanders, nigel53.sanders@gmail.com
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