Kids & Chemistry

Chemists in the classroom engage elementary students with hands-on chemistry kits

The Kids & Chemistry program offers hands-on activity kits, lessons, and advice for ACS chemists, local sections, and industry groups who present chemistry lessons to elementary or middle school students as part of the school day.

Kids & Chemistry kits are designed to meet the unique needs of ACS chemists when they volunteer as guest speakers for elementary and middle school students in a classroom setting.

Key Requirements

  • Between 20 and 30 minutes long
  • Easy materials management
  • Reusable
  • Hands-on activity
  • Challenge for students to solve
  • Covers a chemistry concept from the science curriculum
  • Uses models to explain what is happening at the molecular level
  • Concludes with one take-home souvenir per student

By building knowledge and using it right away to make an accurate prediction or informed choice, students experience success learning chemistry!

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