ChemDemo Exchange

ChemDemo Exchange

Do you have successful demonstrations and hands-on activities for K-12 students to showcase? Sign up for the ChemDemo Exchange Using Household Chemicals!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, West Hall E2

Special for 2019 - we're looking for 5 hands-on activities that connect to the periodic table for the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) to be featured on inChemistry. Your activity doesn't have to feature the periodic table, but it is highly encouraged.

Demonstrations/hands-on activities should be appropriate for middle/junior high school students (grades 5-8). Make sure to check out the safety information below.

General Information

The event will have 40 demonstration stations — each set-up with a table and a 4’ x 6’ poster board for the presenting chapter. Reservations for these stations will be accepted on a first-come basis. Each chapter may only reserve ONE table. To reserve your station, please submit your activity by Friday, January 18, 2019. Late submissions will be accepted ONLY if space is available and your materials list is approved by the Fire Marshall.

Safety Guidelines

The Society Committee on Education (SOCED) Task Force on Undergraduate Programming has established a set of guidelines to ensure a safe event.

Safety Criteria

Only activities meeting the following criteria will be allowed:

  • DO only use household chemicals and equipment
  • DO provide safety goggles to all participants and audience
    (Chapters should bring enough goggles to provide for your chapter and 12 audience members)
  • DO provide gloves for tactile demos
  • DO use only non-toxic materials
  • DO use electronics that are in good working order
  • DO provide handouts of your activity
  • DO have copies of SDS for all substances being used
  • DO NOT use open flames
  • DO NOT generate toxic fumes or gases
  • DO NOT use liquid nitrogen or dry ice
  • DO NOT encourage eating or tasting (this is a lab environment)
  • DO NOT put the human body in danger with your activity
  • DO NOT produce projectiles
  • DO NOT use radioactive materials or devices that fall under NRC regulations/guidelines

Faculty advisors are asked to ensure that all demonstrations follow these guidelines. All submissions will be subject to review by our safety committee. Chapters that violate these safety guidelines during the course of the event will be required to discontinue their demonstration immediately.


For more information about the ChemDemo Exchange

Call: 1-800-227-5558, ext. 4480