National Chemistry Week (NCW) 2016

The National Chemistry Week theme is "Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry" celebrated from October 16-22, 2016.

NCW encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Local Sections, businesses, schools, and individuals are invited to organize or participate in events in their communities with a common goal: to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life.

The NCW 2016 theme is "Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry", focusing on the chemistry of forensics and more.

Find an event in your area.
NCW At-A-Glance
Past and Future Themes


NCW 2016 Illustrated Poem Contest Winners!

Thank you to all the schools and local sections for participating in the NCW 2016 Illustrated Poem Contest.

View the contest winners!

Celebrating Chemistry

In English | En Español 

Our kid-friendly, hands-on activity publication for exploring important chemistry topics.    

Celebrating Chemistry Archive


NCW Community Event

Create a service scavenger hunt to help clean up different areas in your community.

NCW 2016 Community Event

Educational Resources

Discover articles, activities, presentations, and videos aligned to the theme.

Educational Resources


NCW Logo

Organize an NCW Event

ACS Local Sections, Chem Clubs, teachers, or individuals can organize an NCW event.

ACS Store

Purchase promotional products for National Chemistry Week, such as pencils, stress balls, and mole plush toys through the ACS Store.