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Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest

Posted by George on March 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Poetry Contest is sponsored by the American Chemical Society - check out this flyer. Contest is for students K-12 and they compose an original poem (40 words or less) and illustrate the poem. The theme for this year is “Chemistry Helps Feed The World”. The flyer provides some possible topics as well as the judging criteria for the entries.

The Western Carolinas Local Section gives out awards for first ($50 gift card) and second ($25 – gift card) place in each grade category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) so up to $300 in prize money available.

As you can see from the winning poems in 2016, the top awards have both a strong poem AND are well illustrated.  See them here - https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/cced/cced-illustrated-poem-contest/poem-contest-winners.html

Our Local Section (Western Carolinas) submissions were outstanding last year! (Local students won two of the eight national awards).

Download the entry form here.  Deadline to submit is April 14.

2016 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest

Posted by George on February 28, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


The Western Carolinas Local Section of the American Chemical Society invites students in K-12 schools to participate in the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) Illustrated Poem Contest.

Download the local competition flyer

Download the official entry form (Word format)

All illustrated poems must be received by Friday April 15th to be considered

 

Chemistry Is Fun - Earth Day at Roper Mountain Science Center

Posted by George on April 8, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Join members of WCACS in bringing chemistry to the community in this Earth Day edition of the traditional Second Saturday Science series.  April 11th from 9am-1pm.

Poster for Chemistry is Fun

For more details contact Zachary Davis (zachary.davis@newberry.edu)

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) illustrated poem contest for K-12 students.

Posted by George on April 8, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Western Carolinas Local Section of the American Chemical Society invites students in K-12 schools to participate in the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) Illustrated Poem Contest.

A flyer detailing the competition can be downloaded here

The official entry form (Word format) can be downloaded here

All illustrated poems must be received by Friday April 17th to be considered

For more details, contact John Kaup:  (john.kaup@furman.edu)


US National Chemistry Olympiad 2015 - Local Section Competition starts soon

Posted by George on January 25, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As part of the US National Chemistry Olympiad, the Western Carolinas Local Section invites High Schools in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina to participate.  The Local Section competition is open to all students currently enrolled in a recognized High School and under 21 years of age.  Exams will be mailed to schools in February and will be graded by the local section coordinator in order to determine which students qualify for the National competition on April 17th at Furman University.

We will start registering schools on January 26.  To find out more, or register your school, contact our Chemistry Olympiad coordinator, George Heard at gheard@unca.edu or wcacs.olympiad@gmail.com

National Chemistry Week at Spartanburg Science Center

Posted by George on October 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Spartanburg Science Center to Show "Sweet Side" of National Chemistry Week, Oct. 18

SPARTANBURG - Spartanburg Science Center will appeal to community's sweet tooth on Saturday, Oct. 18 as it kicks off the 27th annual National Chemistry Week at Chapman Cultural Center. Local chemists and chemistry clubs will provide special demonstrations to explain the chemical process of making candy, 12-3 p.m. The event is part of Spartanburg Science Center's Super STEM Saturday program.

National Chemistry Week (NCW) encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Spartanburg Science Center is joining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) organizations and programs across the nation in promoting the value of chemistry in everyday life. This year's theme is "The Sweet Side of Chemistry," highlighting the confectionary process. NCW 2014 runs Oct. 19-25. 

"Everything around us requires a chemical reaction, even our favorite candies," said long-time Executive Director for Spartanburg Science Center John Green. "But it's not just about candy. Understanding the basic principles behind it helps us understand how the world around us works. Knowing chemistry really is pretty sweet."

USC Upstate's Chemistry Club, Dorman High School's Chemistry Club, and various other local chemists will participate in the Center's kick off of NCW with demos and explanations.

A variety of demonstrations from USC Upstate's Chemistry Club will allow both children and adults alike to engage in scientific learning. The Club will find the acidity of sour candies, make chemical reactions with gummy bears, dehydrate sugar, and separate the colors of jelly bean food dyes.

In light of Halloween, the Club plans to create an exciting chemical reaction within a pumpkin. Other reactions, like color changes, floating bubbles, and dissolving metal, are scheduled to provide added insight into chemical processes. Children are invited to make "slime" in a hands-on activity, and then take their creation home with them.

Issues of Celebrating Chemistry from the American Chemical Society, in both English and Spanish, will be available for those who wish to learn more outside of the special demonstrations. USC Upstate's Chemistry Club will also provide other giveaways such as pocket-sized periodic tables, pencils, chemistry wristbands, and stickers, but quantities are limited.

Participation in Spartanburg Science Center's Super STEM Saturday program is free with paid entry fee. Admission is $4 per adult, $3.00 per senior, veteran, or activity military personnel, $2.50 per college student with valid IDs, $2 per student through high school, and free for children 5 and younger.

For more information, please contact Spartanburg Science Center at (864) 583-2777.


 

National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest

Posted by George on September 6, 2014 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (1)

The Western Carolinas Local Section of the American Chemical Society invites students in K-12 schools to participate in the National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest.

 

A flyer detailing the competition can be downloaded here

 

The official entry form (Word format) can be downloaded here

All illustrated poems must be received by Mole Day (Thursday October 23rd) to be considered

For more details, contact John Kaup:  (john.kaup@furman.edu)

 


Become a Science Coach and mentor a local teacher

Posted by George on September 6, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Invitation to participate in the ACS sponsored Science Coaches program

 

Mentor a local teacher and ACS will provide $500 in support  to the teacher’s school. 

 

Now in its third year, the Science Coaches program serves to link your expertise and enthusiasm for science with an elementary, middle or high school science teacher.  If this sounds interesting – read some of the details below and go to the main ACS website (www.acs.org/sciencecoaches).  We (WCACS) are excited to help our local section members to connect with this program and a teacher in your area.  If you already have a teacher in mind – see the ACS site and they can lead you through the process of applying (both you and the teacher contribute to the application).  If you are interested but need to locate a teacher in your area – send an e-mail to John Kaup (john.kaup@furman.edu) and he will touch base and find out about your interests and help you connect with a teacher in your local area.

 

John Kaup

WCACS Outreach Coordinator

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What is an ACS Science Coach?

ACS Science Coaches are chemistry professionals who share their expertise and enthusiasm for science with an elementary, middle, or high school teacher over the course of one school year.

Available to chemistry grad students, professionals and retirees, science coaches volunteer to assist one teacher at least six times during one school year. Some coaches work behind the scenes, while others prefer to interact with students. They may help the teacher plan, assist during labs, present lessons, or mentor small groups of students. Each partnership is a little different with each chemist and teacher deciding together how they will combine their expertise and interests to improve the science education experiences of students. 

Program Expectations of a Science Coach

  • Make six visits throughout the academic year
  • Working with the same teacher and students gives science coach visits a greater impact. Building a rapport with a teacher and students allows you to contribute to and observe student growth. Many students will view their science coach as their personal scientist. 
  • Share your experience
  • Throughout your Science Coach commitment, ACS will ask you to complete three short surveys describing your experience and to collect demographic information. The initial survey is the program application. Additional surveys will be sent in early and late spring. 

Role of a Science Coach

Be comfortable with a supporting role

As a chemist, you will be the classroom authority on science, but as a guest, you take a supporting role. Teachers may be sensitive about having another adult in the classroom. Assure the teacher that you intend to help meet curriculum goals. 

Share your expertise

Your knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for science are a valuable contribution that only you can share. Make learning more meaningful by relating concepts to real-world applications. Science courses are hard work. Share with students what was motivating when you were a student, and what inspires you today.

 

2014 CCED Illustrated Poem Contest - The Wonders of Water

Posted by George on February 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) Illustrated Poem Contest

2014 Theme: The Wonders of Water


The Western Carolinas Local Section of the American Chemical Society invites students in K-12 schools to participate in the CCED Illustrated Poem Contest.

A flyer detailing the competition can be downloaded here

The official entry form (Word format) can be downloaded here

All illustrated poems must be received by Friday March 28th to be considered.

For more details, contact John Kaup:  (john.kaup@furman.edu)

 

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest

Posted by George on February 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

WCACS will be sponsoring the CCED Illustrated Poem Contest.  Deadline for submission of poems is March 30.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.