From sandy baseball fields in Los Angeles to blacktop basketball courts in New York City, this year’s National Chemistry Week (NCW) –– Oct. 19-25 –– will draw upon young people’s love for sports and show them how chemistry plays a big part in all kinds of games. The theme of NCW 2008 is Having a Ball with Chemistry.
The American Chemical Society (ACS), the sponsor of NCW, will work with other organizations to explain how the materials, design and safety improvements in sports/sporting equipment are made possible through chemistry. They also will explain how drinking enough liquids and eating right is important for athletes.
Among the week’s nationwide activities will be:
• A K-12 poster contest focused on chemistry and sports, emphasizing chemical principles or concepts in different sports and sporting equipment.
• ACS Local Sections will sponsor sports-related Chemistry Olympics, featuring hands-on activities
• A special community event –– collecting sports equipment in conjunction with “Chemistry and Sports Day” partnerships with local sporting organizations and gyms. What is the purpose of this?
• ACS Student Affiliates will coordinate an NCW Chemvention contest for undergraduate Student Affiliates chapters. Students are asked to create activities for next year’s NCW program, with the theme, “Chemistry—It’s Elemental!”