2018 National Chemistry Week

Download a flyer describing ALL events here.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Club is preparing for National Chemistry Week 2018! This is an annual event organized by the American Chemical Society during the week of October 23rd (10^23 -Avogadro’s number). This year, the theme is “Chemistry is Out of this World.”

For our students, October 21-27, 2018 marks a week-long celebration of chemistry and outreach opportunities.  Typically, the Chemistry & Biochemistry Club invites K-12 students, hosts guest speakers, and performs chemistry demonstrations all week long.

SUNDAY, October 21st Noon-3:00 PM

Preparations and Decorations for the week. Meet in La Kretz Hall Lobby, bring your space-themed decorations and join us! Pizza will be provided!

MONDAY, October 22nd at 1:00 PM

Rocket Launch! Main Walkway in front of the Lloyd Ferguson Courtyard; Grand Kick-Off! We will be launching rockets and giving away Fosselman’s ice cream. Don’t miss the countdown at 1pm!

TUESDAY, October 23rd at 12 NOON

Scientific Seminar. BIOS 334 Department Seminar, Dr. Joshua Robinson, Penn State University, Synthesis of Two-Dimensional Materials. Free giveaways and lunch provided!

WEDNESDAY, October 24th 11-1:00 PM

Scientific Seminar and hands-on science activity. Golden Eagle Ballroom, Dr. Laurie Barge, Research Scientist, Planetary Chemistry and Astrobiology, HiRISE Investigation Scientist, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), "Self-organizing chemical systems, the emergence of life on early Earth, hydrothermal vents and mineral-organic chemistry, and investigating habitability on other worlds!"

Includes a live demonstration with hands-on activity, light lunch immediately following. Also campus tours of research laboratories for middle and high school students starting at 1:00 pm. 


See events for Thursday and Friday below!


THURSDAY, October 25th, 11-2:00 PM

Outreach. Lloyd Ferguson Courtyard, Science “Fair” with hands-on activities at different booths for children of all ages! All student groups welcome to participate and help us with demonstrations! K-6th grade students welcome!

FRIDAY, October 26th, 2-4:00 PM

Seminar and closing ceremony (acknowledgements and final celebration). King Hall Lecture Hall 2, MORE Programs Seminar, Dr. Jillian Clinton, Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Harry Gray, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech. "Water generation by electrochemical CO2 reduction for future Mars missions." La Kretz Lobby, closing ceremony immediately following. Join us for cake and raffle prizes!

CalStateLA students: Do you want to help us with this event? Are you part of an on-campus club or student organization? Join us! We need volunteers to do hands-on demonstrations, give tours of reserach laboratories, decorate, and participate in the events! Please fill out this form.

CalStateLA faculty: We need lots of help promoting NCW events to students – if faculty announce it in their courses, more students are likely to participate. Can you help us spread the word about this event? Announce it to your students prior to the start of your class? Email it to the students in your classes and in your research labs? To download a flyer describing our NCW events click here (flyer in color) or here (flyer in black and white, for photocopying). You can also download a flyer for each of the events (see above). In addition, please fill out this questionnaire and send it to our faculty advisors: Cecilia Zurita-Lopez: zuritalopez (at) calstatela.edu or Michael Hayes: hayes3 (at) calstatela.edu

Chemistry PinFaculty you are invited and most welcome to all of the events for National Chemistry Week! Faculty from ALL diciplines are welcome! Also, please join us in celebrating chemistry / STEM! Wear scientific t-shirts, pins, buttons, jewlery, hats, etc.!

Faculty can help by opening up their labs and assigning students in their labs to help give tours on Wednesday from 1-2pm and by working with students at the “science fair” on Thursday- they can teach students a demo and help students with a booth from 11-2pm

K-12 Educators: Would you like to bring your students to one of our events? We can do chemistry demonstrations to large and small groups. Hands-on activities are also an option! Please contact our Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cecilia Zurita-Lopez, zuritalopez (at) calstatela.edu

Community Partners: Are you a student group from a neighboring community college or university?  Are you a business or civic group interested in supporting science outreach? Would you like to help with this event? Would you like to bring college students or K-12 students? Please contact our Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cecilia Zurita-Lopez, zuritalopez (at) calstatela.edu