ACS Festival de Química
The “Festival de Química” or Chemistry Festival, is a community event that unites efforts of hundreds of volunteers whom through simple interactive demos (hands-on activities), emphasize the importance of chemistry in our everyday life. This activity is designed for the public in general, especially children, to educate about chemical concepts, while communicates the value and impact of chemistry in daily lives.
In Puerto Rico, where everything started in 2005, these events have joined the efforts of many volunteers from the ACS student chapters, public and private institutions, “Sociedad de Estudiantes Graduados de la UPR-RP, PR - Young Chemist Committee and the Women Committee, Science on Wheels and ChemClubs of different schools. The Festival is certainly an event where the Puerto Rican volunteers wear their commitment and passion for demonstrating the value of chemistry in our lives and that is already exported to other Nations.
For many years, Puerto Rico has been an amazing host to this incredible volunteer effort. In 2013, a remarkable record was reported; with the addition of festivals in Colombia, Chile and the two festivals held in Puerto Rico (CCED in April and NCW in October), it is estimated that more than 775 volunteers managed to impact 14,750 members of the community during 2013 alone.
The Festival de Química concept has grown into an ACS-packaged training and demonstration module for local chemistry communities all over the world. By engaging, training, and recognizing ACS members and local chemists as festival volunteers and Chemistry Ambassadors, ACS empowers organizers to continue doing outreach activities in their own communities. Since 2010, the Festival de Química has grown tremendously and there have been 20 festivals with nearly 2,400 volunteers trained and 29,000 attendees.
We expanded the program to include Festival Training Institutes (FTIs) where we teach delegations from neighboring nations to host Chemistry Festivals in their home towns. We hope to help every International Chemical Sciences Chapter hold a Festival by the end of 2018. Read more about this program.
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During the 51st Congress of the Mexican Chemical Society (SQM), the Tabla Periódica Monumental - a larger than life periodic table, complete with volunteers acting as the elements- was a great part of their multiple day Chemistry Festival. Read more about SQM and the Tabla Periódica Monumental here.
The ACS Festival Network
Festival Training Institutes
We developed Festival Training Institutes to help every ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapter host a Festival by 2018. Read more here.
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The Puerto Rico Local Section celebrated CCED 2013 with its Festival de Química. Joined with Student Chapters and Chem Clubs, more than 200 volunteers collaborated to impact over 2,000 people with hands-on activities, lecture series, and public exhibits.