Help your ChemClub to be Earth Advocates!
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) is an annual celebration that brings a focus to environmental causes, such as clean air, water, and energy in the context of basic chemistry. The American Chemical Society (ACS) offers events, contests, and educational resources for members, chemical educators, and chemistry enthusiasts to illustrate the positive role that chemistry plays in preserving the Earth. The CCED 2014 theme is the “Wonders of Water”, exploring the unique properties of water that are crucial for life and a cleaner environment.
There are a number of great resources available for your celebration of Earth Day. This is a great opportunity to show how chemistry works in everyday life. It is also a chance to demonstrate how central chemistry is in many environmental issues. One great place to start is with the materials in the ChemClub 2013-2014 Resource Packet #3, which includes demonstrations, lab-based activities, and activities for outside the lab. Each resource packet also includes a table categorizing these demos and activities according to common high school chemistry curriculum topics. You will also see sample Club meeting guides and a copy of ChemMatters magazine, which features articles dealing with environmental issues.
At the CCED web site there are more resources of interest.
CCED Illustrated Poem Contest
As part of CCED activities, the ACS is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade. Tap into your creative side and submit a poem. Entries will be judged based on relevance to and incorporation of the CCED theme (“The Wonders of Water”), word choice and imagery, colorful artwork, adherence to poem style, originality and creativity, and overall presentation. The poems can be in any of seven styles, from haiku to free verse and must be less than 40 words long.
This publication is aimed at younger students and is perfect for any outreach your club might do with elementary school-age kids. This year’s issue includes stories on how soaps work, why oil and water don’t mix and explores aquifers. Celebrating Chemistry is available in both English and Spanish versions.
CCED Education Resources
Find a number of helpful resources to aid your CCED activities. Some of the resources include links to the Journal of Chemical Education, ACS CCED promotional products, web seminars, podcasts and much more.
CCED Community Events
Discover local events happening in your area that you may want to join. It also has suggestions for organizing your own community event, if that is something you and your club would like to take on.
As you can see there are lots of resources for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. Now all that is left is for you to make a plan. Do something grand, or something at a smaller scale, on Earth Day April 22, 2014.