NCW 2019 Marvelous Metals
Discover articles, activities, presentations, and videos aligned to this year's theme.
Articles and Activities
Grades 3-5 (from Science Activities in the Classroom or AACT)
- Metals and Magnetism
Predict what metal objects are magnetic and then test to see which actually are.
- Metals – They’re Electrifying!
Discover what materials electricity can flow through by making your own electricity conductor tester.
- Good Vibrations
Use a metal wire hanger to make vibrations and learn about sound.
- Batteries and Bulbs – Get the Connection!
Make a simple electrical circuit to learn how they work.
- Electricity & Magnetism – A Dynamic Duo!
Use a wire and a compass to make the magnetism from the electricity in the wire move the magnet in the compass.
- Rust – the Crust that Makes Stuff Bust
Find out what substances make steel wool rust!
- Polishing Pennies
Find out the best ways to make pennies shiny again.
- Mystery Metals (AACT)
Take measurements and examine the information to help solve the mystery about the identity of an unknown metal.
Grades 9-12 (from ChemMatters or AACT)
- *NEW* The Secret Life of Gold
New research tells us about this marvelous metal’s cosmic origins.
Fold up the ChemCatcher, and play to reveal jokes and facts about your favorite metals.
- Bling Zinger: The Lead Content of Jewelry
Discover the history of lead content of jewelry.
- The Captivating Chemistry of Coins
Learn more about the change in the chemistry of coins over time.
- Metallic Bonding & Magnetics
Observe how the flow of electrons through a metal to show metallic bonding.
- AACT Webinar with Tom Kuntzleman: Activites and and Demonstrations Aligned with the 2019 National Chemistry Week Theme, “Marvelous Metals!”
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2019, 7:00 PM
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
- Celebrating Chemistry
Celebrating Chemistry is a publication designed to engage and educate children (grades 4-6) in the basic principles of chemistry and is available in both English and Spanish.
- 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. Need to explain a mole? Check out our “Meet the Moles!” web page.
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.
- Science Safety Guidelines
Consult the Science Safety Guidelines to incorporate safe practices into your teaching curriculum.
- National Historic Chemical Landmarks
Learn about special places in chemical history, and download lesson plans for engaging classrooms. Get started with these metal-themed landmarks: