Starting a new club and coming up with ideas for meetings can be difficult. Follow our pointers on this page to help you with your planning.
First Two Meetings
During your first two meetings discuss what the club will be about. Will your club be purpose-driven (community service, laboratory activities, career planning), theme-driven (art, environment, food, forensics, make-up, etc.), or something else?
Then establish bylaws, elect officers, and create a calendar of events you would like to participate in, like National Chemistry Week, Mole Day and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day.
Subsequent Meeting Ideas
After your initial meetings to establish your club use the resource packets you will receive throughout the school year. Each resource packet contains a sample meeting guide, including ideas for a lunchtime meeting when you have less than 30 minutes to meet. Below are two sample meetings from the 2012-2013 Resource Packet #1—National Chemistry Week 2012 “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science” that shows how you can use the resource packet during your meetings.
After School Meeting
Discussion: Brainstorm with students where they may have come in contact with nano products. Ask them to go on a nano scavenger hunt at local stores on their own. (see resource packet—Quick Tip Sheet #10)
Main portion of meeting
Activities: Create three stations for students to rotate through: Cutting It Down to Nano, Nano Sand, and Is Nail Polish Nano? (see resource packet—Lab Activities #1, 2, 4)
Activity: Hand out the ChemMatters article on buckyballs and ask students to build the model at home. (see resource packet—Non-lab-based Activity #2)
Follow a “formula” for club meetings. One of our clubs uses this formula:
- 15-20 minutes of socializing (perhaps with snacks)
- 10-15 minutes of club business chaired by an elected president
- 30 minutes of hands-on science
Lunchtime Meeting Ideas
Only have a very brief time for a Club meeting? Items from the resource packet that take a shorter time are:
- Cutting It Down to Nano Activity (see Lab Activity #1)
- Nano Sand Activity (see Activity #2)
- Nanotechnology Building Challenge (see Lab Activity #3)
- Is Nail Polish Nano? (see Lab Activity #4)
- Students can leave paper strips to dry and pick them up later.
- Metric Jokes (see Non-lab Activity #1)
- Buckyball Models (see Non-lab Activity #2)
- Students could cut out the models, begin to assemble them, and take the ChemMatters article home.