National Chemistry Week seeks to educate public on benefits of chemistry
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's local section of the American Chemical Society is partnering with the university's chemistry department to host several events during National Chemistry Week, Oct. 20-26.
The groups will have a variety of chemistry-related books on display at the Manhattan Public Library during the week, and will also host a free public event at the Manhattan Town Center mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Activities will feature a chemistry magic show presented by professional chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Hands-on activities for kids also will be available, including making slime, paper chromatography, producing a gas from vinegar and baking soda, sticking a needle through a balloon without popping it and chemistry tattoos. All activities are conducted and supervised by chemists, with safety and learning being the top priority.
National Chemistry Week began as National Chemistry Day in 1987 and was expanded to a weeklong celebration in 1989. The mission of National Chemistry Week is to highlight how chemistry contributes to both the national economy and the quality of life for everyone. The event is hosted annually by 189 local chapters of the American Chemical Society across the country.
The American Chemical Society, a nonprofit organization, is the world's largest scientific society, and is designed to foster public welfare and education. The society was established in 1876 and today boasts a membership of more than 154,000 chemists and chemical engineers. The organization publishes scientific journals and databases, sponsors major research conferences and provides chemistry teachers and students with numerous resource materials. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.