Science is All Around Us
This month that is even truer. The fourth week of October is the annual chemistry week.
Check out some great lesson plans, classroom activities, videos, books, demonstrations and more at the American Chemistry Society website.
Mission of National Chemistry Week
To reach the public, particularly elementary and secondary school children, with positive messages about chemistry to:
- Make a positive change in the public’s impression of chemistry;
- Promote a mechanism for effectively mobilizing ACS local sections; and
- Motivate the ACS membership through local section activities.
This year’s theme is “The Sweet Side of Chemistry- CANDY” and we are lucky to have a candy factory just over the border from Lake County.
If you haven’t been to visit the Jelly Belly Factory in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, make some time during chemistry week. You can read more about it in Loralie’s review of the Jelly Belly Tours.
In addition to fun things like candy, chemistry week is also a great reminder about the chemistry in our houses. For example, the chemicals you have under your sink: make sure they’re baby and pet-proof! Chemistry week is a good time to discuss what is recyclable and what is not; and how we can make choices all day to take better care of our Earth. Don’t forget to talk about the ozone layer with your kids (fun fact: ozone is just 3 oxygen molecules together – now you’ll look like a real scientist even if you don’t have a lab coat in your closet!)
This is a great week to complete those chemistry merit badges for boy scouts too! The internet is a flurry with resources to help you.
Most importantly, get out there and DO science. Observe it. Touch it. Taste it. Don’t just read about it. Let your kids explore and be hands on. They’ll remember and understand concepts much more. Talk about simple things like the phases of matter (water can be steam, liquid or ice). Cook something yummy together from Heather’s recipes and observe how the liquid batter becomes a solid bread or pancake.
In conclusion, I have two words for you: Belly Flops. If you don’t know what they are – drive to Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin right now or you’re letting all hard-working chemists down!
Full disclosure, I was biology major, I have a master’s in cellular – molecular biology, so if you ask a chemist, biology is what you do when you drop chemistry, but I did my best gathering info for you and I hope you enjoy learning about science, no matter what field it is! BECAUSE SCIENCE IS COOL!
If you have a little scientist in your house don’t miss Science Fridays at the Kohl Children’s Museum! Where they will get a chance to do some hands on projects with real scientists!