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). The scavenger hunt can be organized throughout the year to give back to the community.
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. We encourage the local sections to work in small teams. The team that has the most points at the end receives a special recognition by their local section. This activity puts a community service spin on the traditional scavenger hunt.
Tips for Organizing an Event:
Before the Event
- Before you start, contact service organizations in your area (e.g., homeless shelters, food banks, recycling centers, senior centers, etc.) and analyze what needs they have.
- Once you know the place, create a scavenger hunt list with different things youth can do for others in the community (e.g., pick up trash at a local park, rake leaves, host a recycling drive).
- 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.
- Here is a Sample Template to help you organize the scavenger hunt.
During The Event
- Youth work in teams to go through the list.
- Team members mark off each task completed on the list.
After the Event
- Each item completed by the team is initialed by the person whom they did it for.
- The organizer tallies the points at the end and the team with the most points receives a special recognition by their local section!
- Take pictures of the event and share them with your family and friends!
NCW service scavenger hunt is a great way to teach young children to collaborate and give back to the community. It’s an excellent tool to participate in NCW and spread a positive message about Chemistry to the public.
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.