International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Activity by Cynthia House   |   added on Feb 22, 2011   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): BP A+ for Energy, American Chemical Society, ABC25 Foundation

I lead a popular after-school science club in a k-5 school. Chemistry topics and activities have and will figure prominently in 2011.

We cover seven to eight topics per year. Chemistry topics recently covered or planned include:

Fall 2010: Elements (one session) (Supported by donated periodic tables  Barnes and Noble)

                   (60 1-5th grade students)

                   Acid/Base indicators  (one session) (supported by the American Chemical Society)

                   Separating mixtures by paper chromatography (one session)

                    (57 1-5th grade students)

Winter 2011: Electrochemistry/batteries (two sessions)   (55 1-5th grade students)

                        Analytical chemistry: (one session) Soil Analysis for N, P and K (supported by                  

                       ABC25 Foundation)

                        (49 1-5th grade students)

Two BP A+ for Energy grants (2008, 2009) provided the basic equipment and supplies to support these activities into the foreseeable future.

Topic: hands-on activities Audience: school children


Cynthia House | Nov 21, 2011 12:53AM

Science Club completed its International Year of Chemistry focus with four more chemistry based topics in the October and November 2011:

The Chemistry of Carbon Dioxide including "What's New CO2" from the American Chemical Society

Chemistry Sleuths (Analytical Chemistry) including identifying mystery powders, mystery mixtures, and mystery metals

Carbon (Organic Chemistry) including the carbon cycles, and building molecular models of simple organic compounds

DNA Discovery (Biochemistry) including extraction of DNA from strawberries.

One hundred twelve 1-5th grade students participated in one or more of these activities, with the assistance of 41 volunteer parents and middle school students.

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