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. 

Chemistry Fun with the Berks Chem Society

"Chemistry Fun with the Berks Chem Society" on BCTV aired its pilot filmed Feb. 26, 2021 featuring different ways and different things to use to make a home-made battery with special guest, battery expert Robert Coller from Enersys, Reading, PA. Take a look:
The show posts supply lists and instructions so that the public can experiment LIVE with the presenters. So grab some nickels and lemons and follow along with the live experiment to make your own battery on Chemistry Fun! The second episode, The Chemistry of No-Pop Bubbles, is available online as well: In this show, host Greglynn Gibbs is joined by Penn State biochemistry student Anthony Funez to experiment with various types of soap to see which can make the best stream of bubbles! April 21st was a special CCEW "Reduce Your Footprint with Shrinky Dinks!" edition. Host Greglynn Gibbs celebrates Earth Day by talking about reusable and recyclable plastics and uses heat to make fun artwork out of it on Chemistry Fun with the BCS. More Fun Chemistry is coming soon so stayed tuned! BCTV is on Comcast Reading Channel 2, Comcast-Southern Berks Channel 965, and Service Electric Channel 19.


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! In 2020, LVACS was honored by Da Vinci with its Grand Maestro Award in recognition of its substantial contributions to the scientific community and the Center.

Here's what we did for "Marvelous Metals" (NCW 2019) and outside of the center during a pandemic version of "Sticking with Chemistry" (NCW 2020). Here's what happened during CCEW 2019: "Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper." This event went on to be an ACS CHEMLUMINARY AWARD WINNER!! See the announcement.
AND...our 2021 NCW event at the Center was one of four winning ACS CHEMLUMINARY GOLD as we helped kids 
test the kinetic hypothesis “FAST/OR SLOW…Chemistry Makes It GO!”

This fall has been busy at the Reading Science Center! We have received phenomenal reports back from teachers and students alike about our field trips. The requests from local schools keep coming in, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has made these Field Trips a success!  Please reach out to Liz Lally if you can donate your time. THANK YOU! 

The Reading Science Center is always seeking volunteers to engage with guests and operate the center during our open hours. We are currently open Tuesdays 10-3pm and Saturdays 12-6pm.

Reading Science Center, 645 Penn Street, Lower Level, Reading, PA 19601, 484.878.2112,

NCW 2022


Chemists across the world celebrated National Chemistry Week (NCW) October 16-22 by hosting fun educational events and communicating the importance of chemistry. ACS Members and groups explored the topic of fiber chemistry with the theme, “FABULOUS FiBERS: THE CHEMISTRY OF FABRICS!” 
LVACS volunteers honored our dear Mole's Day with outreach events at Allentown Public Library, Lehigh University and Spring Township Parks and Recreation, Sinking Spring, PA. See News for a report including our K-12 Poetry Contest Winners)! NCW Coordinator: Lindsey Welch

CCEW 2023

“The Curious Chemistry of Amazing Algae”

Celebrate CCEW the week of April 16-22, 2023 with the theme, “The Curious Chemistry of Amazing Algae.” Algae are emerging as one of the most promising long-term, sustainable sources of food, feed, and other co-products.

It may have been thundering outside on Saturday, April 15th but our LVACS volunteers sure made the inside of Da Vinci Science Center rock with their enthusiasm for science! Curiosity and Amazement were definitely everywhere to be seen and heard with education about the Earth and its algae the ultimate winner. The Lehigh Valley ACS local section thanks you for taking the time out of your schedules to bring 'science to life and lives to science.' Avi the mole salutes you!

CONTACT: Nigel Sanders,

CCEW Coordinator: Lindsey Welch

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! 

Greglynn Gibbs, 2021 Outreach VOTY
Greglynn successfully hosted and facilitated online and outdoor (socially distanced) outreach events celebrating National Chemistry Week, including Undergraduate Resume Workshops and community-wide Halloween Chemistry and Online Slime workshops through partnerships with the Penn State Alumni Association, Spring Township Parks and Recreation, and the Reading Science Center. In addition to her service as Membership Chair of the Lehigh Valley Local Section, she serves as Student Chapter Advisor at Penn State Berks, an ACS Career Consultant, a member of the Reading Science Center Programming Committee, and is on the Committee on Community Activities.


National Chemistry Week / Chemists Celebrate Earth Week:
Lindsey Welch,
Berks Chemical Society / Reading Science Center:
Greglynn Gibbs,
Da Vinci Science Center:
Nigel Sanders,
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