Educational Resources

Student Engagement

  • Illustrated Poem Contest
    As part of every NCW celebration, the ACS sponsors a national illustrated poem contest for K-12th grade students.
  • ACS Store
    Purchase promotional products for NCW, such as  pencils, temporary tattoos , stickers, and more.
  • ACS Program-in-a-Box on Chemistry Rocks!
    Watch the recorded #ACSPIB broadcast in which ACS local sections, student chapters, and chem clubs heard from experts in rock and mineral chemistry and followed along using activities, handouts, and other materials that shipped right to their doorstep.

Educator Resources

  • Celebrating Chemistry
    The Celebrating Chemistry publication is designed to engage and educate children (Grades 4-6) in the basic principles of chemistry and is available in both English and Spanish.
  • NCW 2017 PowerPoint
    Download and utilize the PowerPoint example slides, which have information and fun facts about exploring the geochemistry of rocks and minerals.
  • NCW 30 Years Calendar
    Download a digital copy of the 2017 limited-edition calendar, which features ACS moles describing the chemical attributes, and stunning photos, of the birthstones.
  • Meg A. Mole Career Profiles
    Read all about Meg's many adventures! These interviews are an excellent resource for teachers to inform their students about the activities chemists perform every day.
  • ChemMatters
    ChemMatters is a magazine that helps high school students find connections between chemistry and the world around them.
  • Journal of Chemical Education
    A journal for chemical educators featuring activities and articles.
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation
    The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society.
  • Science Safety Guidelines


Geochemistry Articles and Activities


ACS Webinars will be allowing access to all the on-demand webinars during National Chemistry Week from Oct. 22-28.  Check back on Oct. 22 for theme-related webinars.


Watch the ACS Reactions video on geochemistry that honors the theme and celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Chemistry Week.  Vsit the Reactions YouTube channel and see below for theme-related videos.

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