Greater Houston Section
Community Affairs Committee
2021 Chair: Kerry Spilker
National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest
2021 Theme – Fast or Slow... Chemistry Makes it Go!
Congratulations to Kinley Lister, 5th grader, at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Houston, Texas. She is the Greater Houston section winner of the National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poster Contest. Much appreciation to her teacher, Brooks Conlan, for submitting the winning entry. National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a public awareness campaign that promotes the value of chemistry in everyday life. ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate NCW by communicating the importance of chemistry. Kinley’s illustrated poem will be submitted to compete at the national NCW competition for grades 3 -5.
Adventures in Chemistry
For Kids and Families, Grades K-5
Heating a substance makes its atoms and molecules move faster. See if you can tell that heat makes molecules move!
How small is an atom, or a water molecule? So small that 600 billion trillion water molecules will fit in a tablespoon! Take a look to see how huge that number really is!
Experiment with two samples of apple slices. Put lemon juice on one but not the other. The one with no lemon juice turns brown. The one with lemon juice does not.
Design an experiment to see if the temperature affects how fast two solutions react.
See how a catalyst can increase the rate of the breakdown decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, then use salt as a catalyst in a reaction between aluminum foil and a solution of copper II sulfate.
Contains articles, activities, and games. Available in English and Spanish.
San Jacinto College STEM Events
San Jacinto College STEM Council will be organizing events at campuses throughout the Pasadena ISD. At the event, children of all ages will be able to learn about cool jobs and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Volunteers will provide hands-on activities for children to take with them. Youths and their families will explore the fascinating role of chemistry in speeding up or slowing down chemical reactions. For more information about the events visit:
Ask a Scientist
Take a Tour- Argonne National Lab Tour
November 10th Virtual Tour Recording:
Did you miss our tour of Argonne National Lab with Tour Guides Dave and Denise Hooper?
Public tour information – www.anl.gov/tour-the-lab
Request a tour – firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Division Contacts:
Jessica Burgess (email@example.com) Education Outreach
Kelly Sturner (firstname.lastname@example.org) Learning Lab Instructor
Enjoy a Podcast
Have you ever wanted to meet a scientist? What would you ask them? Want to know more? You can submit a question to email@example.com. Alternately, you can visit the podcast website and click on links to listen to scientists on subjects like hydrogeology, soil, microbiology, neurobiology, and the Mars Rover.
Explore with your kids:
In 2019, Professor Robert Winston published a book with questions from children around the world. Professor Winston provides answers to their question in an illustrated book, Ask A Scientist.
From the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), enjoy these activity write-ups for free during NCW and consider joining AACT for access to many more resources for chemistry teachers year-round.
Elementary & Middle School (Ages 5-13)
Lab: The Disappearing Color (K-8)
Lab: Rocket Challenge (K-8)
Demo: Simple Kinetics (K-12)
Video: Catalytic Converters (Middle and High School)
Simulation: Reaction Rates (Middle and High School)
Activity: Investigating Reaction Rates (Middle and High School)
High School (Ages 14-18)
Demo: Simple Kinetics
Video: Catalytic Converters
Simulation: Reaction Rates
Activity: Investigating Reaction Rates
Demo: Milk of Magnesia Magic
2021 US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) Webinar Series
Are you a high school student looking to put your chemistry knowledge to the test, or a chemistry teacher seeking to inspire your students? All interested teachers, students, parents and volunteers can learn more by signing up for the USNCO webinars today!
Introduction to USNCO for Students
Friday, October 22nd
7:00 pm ET
Let this short clip by Yitian Zhu, from our own Houston metropolitan area and gold medalist of the 2021 International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), inspire your students to participate:
For more information, contact the Greater Houston USNCO coordinator, Dr. Jerry Yang, at firstname.lastname@example.org.