Week of events shows how chemistry offers formula for fun
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
MANHATTAN — National Chemistry Week will be celebrated Oct. 18-24 in Manhattan with help from Kansas State University's local section of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.
The local week is an annual outreach program with events planned by the university's local section and chemistry department. All events are free and open to the public.
The chemistry book display at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave., will be available weeklong. Books with a focus on chemistry that will be of interest to the public will be on display.
Many activities will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Manhattan Town Center Mall. The university's chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity, will present chemistry magic shows at at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Kansas State University student chapter of the American Chemical Society will offer hands-on activities for kids that will include making glue, paper chromatography and chemistry tattoos. Throughout the mall event, the university's local section of the American Chemical Society will give away chemistry-related items and free helium balloons to the general public.
The American Chemical Society has a membership of 154,000 chemists and chemical engineers. It is a nonprofit organization charted by the U.S. Congress to help foster the public welfare and education and add to the material prosperity and happiness of the people. The society publishes scientific journals and databases, sponsors major research conferences, and provides numerous resource materials for chemistry teachers and students.