National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks!

Celebrating 30 years of National Chemistry Week.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Chemistry Week.  This year’s theme is “Chemistry Rocks!”, focusing on geochemistry.  You will learn more about gemstones and the interesting world of rocks and minerals in this year’s issue of Celebrating Chemistry.  The electronic version of the Celebrating Chemistry Newsletter is available from the ACS website (

Each year the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) NCW campaign reaches millions of people with positive messages about the contributions of chemistry to their daily lives.  NCW is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.  It is the one time during the year that chemists, regardless of background, unite with the common goal of spreading the word that chemistry is good for our economy, our health, and our well-being.

The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW), along with the ACS Office of Community Activities, is planning several NCW events.  Volunteers are needed for these outreach activities.  We are in the early stages of planning, so watch for additional information in the October Capital Chemist, or on the Capital Chemist and CSW websites.

You can contribute to the NCW campaign by performing chemical demonstrations at a neighborhood school (and consider having an illustrated poem contest!); conducting hands-on activities with children at museums, malls, or libraries; or writing articles or letters to the editor of your local paper.  If you would like to lead an activity at your local school or library, CSW will provide you with some grade-specific materials to hand out to the students, as well as some simple demonstrations that you can use.

More information about local activities will be posted on the CSW ( or the Capital Chemist ( websites as they become available.  For further information, or to volunteer, contact the CSW NCW coordinator, Kim M. Morehouse via email at [email protected], or by phone at 240-402-1889 (day) or 301-384-7311 (evening).

CSW participation in National Chemistry Week at Crystal City Family Festival

As part of National Chemistry Week on Sunday, October 29, 2016, CSW will once again participate in the Family Festival event in Crystal City, Arlington, VA in conjunction with the Marine Corp Marathon, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. CSW Volunteers will perform hands-on activities for the children who attend and will distribute copies of the Celebrating Chemistry newsletter and other chemistry-themed items.

To volunteer, please contact the CSW NCW Coordinator, Kim M. Morehouse via email at [email protected].