National Chemistry Week Community Event

Organize an NCW Service Scavenger Hunt!

Organizing a Service Scavenger Hunt event in your area is a great way to conduct community outreach and participate in National Chemistry Week (NCW)!  A traditional scavenger hunt is a game in which organizers prepare a list defining specific items, which the participants seek to complete.  Each item on the list has a point value based on the difficulty of the task.  Usually participants work in small teams and whichever team has the most points at the end of the time period wins.  This activity puts a community service spin on the traditional scavenger hunt.

Here is a Sample Template to help you organize the scavenger hunt.  

Tips for Organizing an Event:·        

  • Before you start, contact service organizations in your area (e.g., homeless shelters, food banks, etc.) and analyze what needs they have.
  •  Once you know the place, create a scavenger hunt list with different things youth can do relatively quickly for others in the community (e.g., pick up trash at a local park or parking lot, rake leaves).
  • You will need volunteers so ask family and friends to help spread the word.
  •  After creating the list, assign point values to the tasks based on how difficult you think it will be for them to complete.
  • Youth work in teams to go through the list, getting each item they complete initialed by the person whom they did it for.
  • The team with the most points at the end wins!
  • Take pictures of the event and share them with your family and friends!

What else can I do?

  • Host a Science Café on the chemistry of forensics with NCW 2016 topics including fingerprints, DNA, and art forgeries.
  • Perform hands-on activity demonstrations for the public at local venues, such as malls, schools, and libraries.
  • Be creative and organize your own innovative or engaging event. Your section may nominate the event for one of two ChemLuminary Awards. Contact your local section officer for details.
Moles in the Lab