National Chemistry Week (NCW) 30 Years

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In 1986, then-ACS President George Pimentel had a big idea: to organize a national event celebrating the impact that chemistry has on our everyday lives. He then led the planning of the first National Chemistry Day, which took place on November 6, 1987. This “bold and exciting undertaking” by Dr. Pimentel soon evolved into an annual event, National Chemistry Week (NCW), which celebrates its 30th year in 2017. Over the course of 30 years, the NCW program has been the recipient of several prestigious public relations and association awards.

NCW continues to be the leading outreach program for ACS. NCW encourages thousands of ACS and non-ACS members alike to share the amazing story of chemistry in everyday life with the public, especially primary and secondary school children. By planning and conducting hands-on activities and demonstrations, NCW participants have inspired a passion for celebrating chemistry now and for generations to come.

Last October 22- 28, ACS celebrated the 30th anniversary of National Chemistry Week to show the public that “Chemistry Rocks!” Event-planning and educational resources for NCW are available on the NCW web page.

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