ACS ChemClub Community Activities Grant | 2009-2010 Winners

Auburndale High School ChemClub

“Library Science Saturday”

The Auburndale High School ChemClub will host a Science Saturday at the Auburndale Public Library for elementary through middle school aged children. ChemClub members will assist children at different stations as they explore fun chemistry experiments, such as making slime, playing with magic sand, shooting a potato gun, holding hand boilers, and other entertaining demonstrations. There will be element hopscotch and a chemistry toy raffle.

Buena High School ChemClub

“Science League in Community Education (SLICE)”

Buena High School ChemClub members will perform Science League in Community Education (SLICE); researching, preparing, organizing, and presenting science activities of demonstrations at local middle and elementary schools, clubs and Family Science nights. The demonstrations involve a wide variety of chemistry concepts. The shows include demonstrations and explanations of the chemistry behind the demonstrations.

Davis High School ChemClub

“Science Extravaganza”

The ChemClub at Davis High School is planning a family night out with science. They are asking families to bring in canned goods to support the local food bank. They are coordinating several groups to create this science night. Biology, agriculture, physics, engineering and biotech groups will all be represented. The ChemClub will set up several classrooms with science demonstrations and explanations for families to participate in. They will also have rooms with hands on activities such as chemical butterflies, slime, shaving cream paintings, and Alka Seltzer rockets.

Downingtown East High School ChemClub

“Science Saturday”

Downingtown East High School’s ChemClub is sponsoring a Science Saturday where they invite children in grades 3-5 from the community to experience hands on science. The day will start with a Magic of Chemistry show. Then the students will rotate through give labs and they will perform hands on experiments with ChemClub members.

Enrichment Classes of Carrollton ChemClub

“End of Semester Chemistry Show”

The Enrichment Classes of Carrollton ChemClub will have a night of “show and tell” for community members. There will be several groups performing demonstrations and activities for the visitors. The night will open with a pop bottle cannon 3-gun salute. Then there will be an introduction to the fascinating world of chemistry. Other activities/demonstrations include a homemade cathode ray tube, flame tests, black box describing fluorescence, phosphorescence and chemiluminescence, and burning money.

Harrah High School ChemClub

“Chemist for a Day”

Harrah High School ChemClub members will act as mentors for the fourth and fifth grade science fair and “invention convention” participants. At the evening showcase event, which is open to the public, ChemClub members will take students and parents through a series of demonstration and hands-on science tables. The purpose is to stimulate interest in Chemistry and create a bond between elementary and secondary students and their parents.

Iowa City West High School ChemClub

“Periodic Table of the Elements Day”

Iowa City West High School’s ChemClub will have a “Periodic Table of the Elements Day” at the Iowa children’s museum. This is open to all children who visit the children’s museum and is aimed at reaching as many children in the state as possible. They will set up several tables in the museum with activities and demonstrations. Concepts will include introduction to the periodic table, polymers, radiation, pH, and molecular structure. ChemClub members will prepare presentations to explain the chemistry present in the activities and demonstrations.

Lakeland High School ChemClub

“Elementary Outreach”

Lakeland High School’s ChemClub will plan chemistry related activities for elementary students who participate in after school program. The ChemClub members will serve as mentors for the students in presenting the science concepts and acting as positive role models. ChemClub students will present the hands on activities at least once a month. The activities will focus on energy and states of matter. Two focus activities will be gases and solids/liquids. The children will perform experiments and then analyze results with the ChemClub members. Background and extension activities will be provided to the students to take home.

Lenape High School ChemClub

“Science Outreach Programs”

Lenape High School ChemClub has a Science Outreach program for the 6th grade students at a local elementary school. The goal of the program is to promote the joy of chemistry and to provide an extension to the 6th grade science curriculum. This year, they will extend the outreach program to the 4th grade students in their community. They will look to do a hands-on “kitchen chemistry” outreach with the 4th grade students. The ChemClub students will design and perform a lesson for the 4th grade students that will involve many chemical demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Magnificat High School ChemClub

“Spring Science Field Day”

Magnificat High School’s ChemClub is going to sponsor a Spring Science Field Day that will be open to the entire Magnificat High School student body. They plan on running four events: an Alka-Seltzer rocket challenge, a Baking Soda racer, an egg drop competition and Science Idol which has students creating their own science songs.

Natick High School ChemClub

“Behind the Scenes of Harry Potter”

The ChemClub at Natick High School plans on completing the project “Behind the Scenes of Harry Potter: The Chemical Wizardry of Harry Potter and Its Practical Applications”. The target audience for this project is middle school students, grades 5-8. ChemClub members will plan 6 sessions over the course of the spring. Each session will have one experiment and teaching of the chemistry concepts in the experiments. Experiments will include:

  • oobleck/silly putty
  • Mentos & Coke
  • invisible ink
  • flame tests
  • gold and silver pennies
  • luminol/glow sticks

Each of these activities will also be related to the Harry Potter stories.

New Richmond High School ChemClub

“Way Out Chemistry”

New Richmond High School’s ChemClub will invite students, parents, siblings, grandparents and guardians to watch demonstrations and videos, perform simple experiments and ask questions. There will be a “make and take” activity for each of the topics being taught. The planned topics include Boyle’s Law and air pressure, polarity, reaction rates, chromatography and density. The groups will be split and accommodated based on grade. Kindergarten through second grade will be one group and third through sixth grade will be the other group.

Northwest PA Collegiate Academy ChemClub

“Chemistry Day”

The Northwest PA Collegiate Academy ChemClub will host “Chemistry Day at Academy. This program invites 7th grade students from the surrounding community for a day of chemistry and competition. Students will rotate though labs and will compete in lab based competitions covering such topics as acids/bases, titrations, mass and measurement, significant figures, and percent composition.

Queensbury High School ChemClub

“Elementary Students Experience High School ChemClub”

High school ChemClub students will do demonstrations and hands-on activities with/for 100 second and third graders and 100 fourth and fifth graders. This will be performed in a high school classroom over a period of 8 weeks. They will also create and organize simple demonstrations and experiments that align with the fifth grade curriculum and then present the demonstrations and experiments to all of the fifth grade science teachers.

Sheldon High School ChemClub

“Chemistry Days”

Sheldon High School ChemClub supports their local feeder school with science instruction delivered by the ChemClub members. Students develop age appropriate lesson plans to present to K-6 students. In addition, each group of students will include a demonstration illustrating the standards based science concept being addressed. They will create and oversee a hands-on activity that each elementary school student will participate in.

Springbrook High School ChemClub

“ChemClub Community Tutoring Program”

Springbrook High School ChemClub students will encourage students to take advantage of weekly chemistry tutoring sessions. They will combine advertising during the school’s morning announcements with an incentive program of hands-on demonstrations giveaways such as floating coins and heat sensitive periodic tables to attract more students to the student-led tutoring sessions. They will also offer prizes for review days with BINGO and Jeopardy games based on first year chemistry curriculum and movie days with Mythbusters or chemistry related films.

Upper Dauphin Area High School ChemClub

“Integrating Science into Elementary Reading Nights”

During the Elementary School Reading Nights in their school district, Upper Dauphin Area High School ChemClub students will read the book, What’s the Matter in Mr. Whisker’s Room?, by Michael Elsohn Ross after the elementary students participate in seven different science stations that will be set up around the room to discover “Big Ideas” about matter – Everything around us is matter and all matter takes up space, we can find out about matter by using our senses, matter comes in different forms, matter can change from one form to another, all matter has weight, objects float in water if they are less dense than water, and some matter dissolves other matter.

Several copies of the book will be purchased for the elementary students to take home. The book has instructions included to set up the activities at home, and students will also make some “Gloop” and “Oobleck” to take home with them.

Watsonville High School ChemClub

“Chemistry Demonstrations at Local Elementary Schools”

The ChemClub at Watsonville High School plans to present demonstrations to young students (primarily elementary school students). The demonstrations will be hands-on for the students. Demonstrations will be based on the following concepts:

  • combustion reactions
  • diffusion
  • thermodynamics
  • exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • crystallization

The ChemClub members have formulated lesson plans to go with the demonstrations.

Westborough High School ChemClub

“The Faces of Chemistry”

Westborough High School ChemClub will paint a mural along one of the walls in the science wing of their high school. They plan to have the mural center around the periodic table. To one side of the table, there will be historical images from the development of chemistry. On the other side, there will be images of where chemistry and science can take us in the future. The hallway is a major “thoroughfare” in the school so students and visitors will be greeted by the “Faces of Chemistry”.

Westfield High School ChemClub

“Chemistry Club Mini-Shows”

Westfield High School ChemClub presents an annual demonstration show for all the 6th graders in the school district. A total of eight, 45-50 min shows are presented over a two-day period.