Family Science Night

Our ACS ChemClub (Buena Science League) at Buena High School in Ventura, California, has developed an exciting outreach program for local elementary and middle schools. We travel to the local middle schools and spend the day presenting demonstrations to their science classes. In a day, we typically see six classes, with about thirty students per class. Depending on how we travel to the middle school, we take seven to twelve Science League student demonstrators. We also host an annual Science Show for elementary students in our large auditorium, usually presenting three 40 to 45 minute shows to an audience of 200 students per show.

We also host themed Family Science Nights each quarter for elementary and middle school families. We arrange demonstrations for viewing and hands-on activities for participation. We try to choose demonstrations and activities that relate to the chosen theme. Fourth through eighth grade students attend for an hour and a half in the early evening. About 30 students came to the last one, with a superhero theme. We have about 15 students participating from the high school, and they are pretty committed to the events. Their responsibilities are to learn how to perform specific demonstrations safely and to explain the underlying science.

Homeschooling Chemistry

students exploring chemistryThe 2015-2016 school year was a busy one for the homeschoolers of Union ChemClub in Union, New Jersey. Our monthly ChemClub meetings brought opportunities to learn chemistry while having fun. Some of the experiments we covered were chromatography, iodine clock reactions, double replacement reactions, making “elephant toothpaste” and a “sweet” sugar density column. One of our local universities allowed us to borrow a Milton Roy 20D Spectrophotometer for oneof our labs.