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National Chemistry Week logo with test tube

Celebrating Chemistry

  • Aimed at children ages 9-12
  • Contains articles, activities, and games
  • Available in English and Spanish

NCW 2020 Sticking with Chemistry

Find educational resources for this year's National Chemistry Week theme and other materials for your event, including outreach activities, activities, articles, and videos.

Elementary and Middle School (Ages 5–13)

From American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT)

Enjoy these activity write-ups for free during NCW, and consider joining AACT for access to many more resources for chemistry teachers year-round.

  •  A Sticky Situation (Middle School)
    In this lab, students will try to separate plastic spoons that have been attached together with different adhesive materials using a variety of solvents.
  • Polymer Investigation (Elementary/Middle School)
    In this lab, students will follow a procedure for creating a polymer, flubber which will be similar in consistency to Silly Putty. Students will design an experiment to test a physical property of the flubber that they have created using the scientific method.

High School (Ages 14–18)

From ChemMatters or AACT

  • The Science of Slime
    Read this article about the science behind this sticky substance, and have a go at making your own!
  • Little Miss Muffet
    In this lab, students make homemade glue from milk and compare it to commercial glue. Enjoy this activity write-up for free during NCW, and consider joining AACT for access to many more resources for chemistry teachers year-round.

More Educator Resources

  • 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.
  • Illustrated Poem Contest
    As part of every NCW celebration, the ACS sponsors a national illustrated poem contest for K-12th grade students.
  • 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
    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.
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