Educational Resources

Resources for National Chemistry Week 2015

Celebration Overview

Student Resources

  • Illustrated Poem Contest
    As part of every National Chemistry Week (NCW) celebration, the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors a national illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – Grade 12.
  • Youth Activity Patch Guidelines
  • ACS Store
    Purchase NCW goodies, such as stress balls, pencils, stickers, and more! New products include diffraction slides and fireworks glasses tailored to this year’s theme.
Chemical Demonstrations Volume 5

Chemical Demonstrations Volume 5

Grade Level:  HS, C, G

Chemical Demonstrations Volumn 5 is a handbook for chemistry teachers written by Bassam Z. Shakhashiri.  It covers the topics of Color, Light, Vision, and Perception.  In addition, it includes more than fifty demonstrations and multiple procedures.  It is available for $20.00 (55.5% discount from $45.00)! The ordering instructions are below.

Add book to cart, and enter promo code CHEM15

Call (800) 621-2736, mention discount code CHEM15

Educator Resources

  • Celebrating Chemistry | En Español
    Enjoy the vibrant NCW 2015 edition of Celebrating Chemistry, "Chemistry Colors Our World."
  • Online Supplement to Celebrating Chemistry
  • NCW 2015 Electronic Resources
  • NCW PowerPoint
    This presentation may be adapted and used to introduce color concepts to groups of various ages.
  • National Historic Chemical Landmarks
    • Robert and Joseph Switzer developed DayGlo fluorescent pigments, a new class of pigments based on fluorescent dyes and polymeric materials.
  • 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
    The premier chemistry magazine for high school students.
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation
    The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society.

Color-related Experiments for Grades K-12


Meg catching butterflies across a rainbow
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