Hack Your Taste Buds with Temperature

You’re at the store, looking for something refreshing to drink after a hot day. You’d probably head to the cooler first, for something chilled to quench your thirst. What if your only option was a room temperature drink instead? Does the temperature of a drink or food make a difference with how we perceive its taste and flavor? Here’s a short activity to try that will get you thinking about whether temperature has the ability to “hack your taste buds.”

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Hack Your Taste Buds with Toothpaste

Ever been in this situation? You’re ready to head out the door—teeth brushed, hair styled, favorite clothes on, but grab one last swig of o.j. on your way. If you’re like most people, your first reaction will be “Yuck!” Your taste buds have just fallen victim to the effect of sodium lauryl sulfate. What’s going on?

Try this activity and then learn more about the chemistry behind it.

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Chemistry—Hacking Your Taste Buds

Part party with a lot chemistry mixed in, part webinar—celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the ACS ChemClub program, by tuning in to https://youtu.be/Rv2Hg2Rpq-4 on Monday, November 16, at 3 pm ET to participate.



Matt Hartings (American University, Washington, DC) and Sally Mitchell (East-Syracuse Minoa High School, East Syracuse, NY) will serve as hosts for this special event. Share your pictures (with the new ChemClub logo) and posts from your party using #ACSChemClub or #ChemClub10.

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ChemClub Prez Wins National Scholarship!!

Villa Park ChemClub with the scholarship winner. ACS ChemClub Board and Chemistry Teachers in front of the chemistry glassware cabinet
Left to right: Tim Chavez, Chem Teacher Gwen Corbett, Scholarship Winner Karen Pham, Vito Canuso, Connor Hein, Lily Nguyen, Jake Whitton, Jonathan Shim, Chem Teacher & ACS ChemClub Advisor Linda Bartrom. (not pictured Carlos Delgado).

The Villa Park High School ChemClub, Villa Park, Calif., is proud to announce that Board President Karen Pham has been awarded the coveted $10,000 Nordstrom Scholarship! The scholarship is based on a student’s grades, extra-curricular activities, leadership and personal essay, only 80 of these prized awards are given annually in the entire country!

Congratulations Karen!

Periodic Table of Moles

Avi pouring colors on the gloveCelebrate the 10th Anniversary of the American Chemical Society (ACS) ChemClub program, by participating in the first ChemClub Periodic Table.

Clubs can create artwork for one element that relate the mole to either the discovery, uses, history, properties or cultural identity of that element.

How will we create the ChemClub Periodic Table poster?

  1. Choose the element that your club wants and register it here. Elements are available on a first come, first serve basis. Choose only one element—if more than one is chosen, we will assign an element to you.
    We may allow you to make more than one element. Stay tuned!
  2. Use the Periodic Table of Moles template (with instructions included at the bottom of the page) as a guide when creating your artwork. ACS ChemClub staff will also participate in this project, creating the Neon artwork for our 10th anniversary! These are some ideas that we are toying around with: Neon samples.
    Need help drawing a mole? Here are a couple of methods:
        ◊  http://www.howtodrawanimals.net/how-to-draw-a-mole
        ◊  http://drawingmanuals.com/manual/how-to-draw-a-mole/
        ◊  www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNxdgYfUZiw
        ◊  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_njHPzIMg4
    You can also use a public domain mole like:
        ◊   http://www.wpclipart.com/animals/M/mole/
        ◊   http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/starmole_p2.htm
        ◊   https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mole_(PSF).png
    Just remember to check the terms of use, in case there is a fee, you need permission to use, or need to give credit.
  3. Submit artwork and a short description of the art by December 15, 2015, to hschemclubs@acs.org or send hand drawn artwork to:
    Karen M. Kaleuati
    American Chemical Society
    1155 Sixteenth St., NW
    Washington, DC 20036
  4. All completed tiles will be included in the Periodic Table, which will be printed and distributed by the end of the school year.