Past Kids Zone Events

ACS Spring 2023 Kids Zone

On Saturday, March 25, ACS President Judith C. Giordan hosted the free public event at Indianapolis’s Concord Neighborhood Center. Children participated in a myriad of activities, interacted with chemists, and left with tons of fun swag.

The following activities were demonstrated at this event:

  • Bursting Boba
  • Connect with String Slime
  • I Spy Photosynthesis
  • Plants vs. Algae
  • Self-inflating Balloons
  • Indicator Alligator
ACS Spring 2023 Kids Zone

ACS Fall 2022 Kids Zone

On Saturday, August 20, ACS President Angela K. Wilson sponsored the free public event at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Participants enjoyed the hands-on science activities, the opportunity to meet real chemists, and the educational giveaways! 

Download the activities:

Watch the Video Recording of the 2022 ACS Fall Kids Zone

Take a tour of different hands-on activities facilitated by chemists for children and their families.

ACS Fall 2022 Kids Zone - Saturday August 20. 12-3pm.

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ACS Spring 2022 Kids Zone

For ACS Spring 2022, two events were planned - one for younger children and one for high schoolers. Both programs included talks by 2021 Nobel Laureate David MacMillan and were hosted by the Fleet Science Center.

For All Ages: ACS Kids Zone
Students joined for a fascinating short talk from David MacMillan, engaging hands-on science activities, fun educational giveaways, and more. Activities included:

For High School Students: A Conversation with Nobel Laureate David MacMillan
David MacMillan presented a longer talk followed by a question and answer session with participating high school students.

Vimeo ID: 656619870

Virtual Pacifichem Kids Zone: December 16-21, 2021

Aspiring chemists of all ages viewed exciting demonstrations presented by real scientists during the Pacifichem Kids Zone. This event was hosted by the sponsoring societies of Pacifichem and consisted of two parts: the first is a video that can be watched any time at this page. The second part of this event were Question and Answer sessions with our presenters. Our presenters represented the Chemical Society of Japan, the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, and the American Chemical Society. Watch the video below. Closed captions are available in English, French, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, and Korean.

Access additional activities at the following links:

Students at ACS Kids Zone event
Credit: David Horwitz/ACS

ACS Kids Zone - Chemists Catalyze Change
Presidential Outreach Event - ACS Fall 2021 
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA and on Facebook Live

Chemists are catalysts for positive scientific and social change in communities everywhere! The ACS Committee on Community Activities and ACS President H. N. Cheng along with partners ACS Georgia Local Section, Spelman College Chemistry Club, and others hosted a hybrid in-person and virtual science event in celebration of the theme, Chemists Catalyze Change. 

Download the Hands-On Activities
Want to do the activities from the event at home? Download the activity instructions below:

Vimeo ID: 540260791

Virtual ACS Kids Zone - Earth Day 2021
Reducing Our Footprint with Macromolecular Chemistry

Watch the recorded #ACSKidsZone event, hosted by Sam Jones, science communicator and host of Reactions for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week and Earth Day 2021. Conduct hands-on activities with popular STEM advocates around the educational theme, "Reducing Our Footprint with Macromolecular Chemistry." This event is offered in English with closed captioning in Spanish and Chinese. Download the Materials List and Activity Write-Ups below.

Virtual Kids Zone

Presidential Outreach Virtual Event – Fall 2020

Presidential Outreach Event – Fall 2019

Presidential Outreach Event – Fall 2019
Fleet Science Center, San Diego, CA
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Presidential Outreach Event  – Spring 2019

Presidential Outreach Event  – Spring 2019
Orlando Science Center, Orlando, FL
Saturday, March 30

  • Over 340 attendees
  • Spring 2019 Meeting & Expo
  • 9 different hands-on activities facilitated by ACS members and students
  • Over 200 people were offered free tickets to the museum through a special partnership between ACS and OSC

2018 National Chemistry Week (NCW) Kids Zone

2018 National Chemistry Week (NCW) Kids Zone
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

  • Over 320 attendees
  • 8 hands-on activities
  • National Chemistry Week and its 2018 space theme “Chemistry is Out of This World" 
  • Full day of hands-on activities, speakers, and stage demonstrations, including building batteries with zinc and copper washers and launching rockets with citric acid and baking soda

Boston Children's Museum

Presidential Outreach Event – Fall 2018
Boston Children's Museum, Boston, MA
Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • Over 700 attendees
  •  256th National Meeting & Exposition
  • 13 different hands-on activities, which were facilitated by ACS members and partners, and included scientists and educators from Beyond Benign, Dow Chemical Company, MIT Museum, Museum of Science, and Science Storytellers with C&EN

Volunteer and girl at uv bead station at March for Science

2018 March for Science
National Mall, Washington, DC
Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • Nearly 400 visitors
  • Children participated in hands-on activities geared towards the 2018 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week theme, "Dive into Marine Chemistry"

Volunteers at 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival

5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, DC
April 7-8, 2018

  • The nation’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) featuring more than 3,000 hands-on exhibits, 30 stage shows, and more!

ACS volunteer and young girl smile at Kids Zone event in New Orleans

Presidential Outreach Event – Spring 2018
Lyons Recreation Center, New Orleans, LA
Saturday, March 17, 2018

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