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    Outreach and Education Division

    The EDUCATION AND OUTREACH DIVISION supports chemistry education at all levels, including K-12, college, and adult/continuing education. It maintains liaisons to the Chicago Public Schools and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). The Division engages the general public in chemistry-related educational activities, participates in ACS activities at the annual Illinois State Fair, and publicizes all events and news-related content. The division oversees the annual Project SEED program for the Section as well as the Project SEED scholarships. The Division also assists public officials and other community bodies concerning chemistry-related matters. The Education and Outreach Division includes the Education, Outreach, Project SEED, and Public Affairs Committees.

    The EDUCATION COMMITTEE provides chemistry-related educational programs and information to learners of all ages and actively engages with educators at the pre-K-12 and college levels. Subcommittees include:

    • AACT Liaison
    • College Education Subcommittee
    • Continuing Education Subcommittee
    • Chicago School Board Liaison
    • K - 12 Education Subcommittee

     

    The PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ensures that section members and public officials and bodies are informed of matters where the knowledge and practice of chemistry is of substantial public importance. These matters can include government issues, environmental issues and the social responsibility of chemists. The Public Affairs Committee gives the Public Affairs Award biennially.

    The OUTREACH COMMITTEE engages the general public, educators and children in chemistry-related educational activities and participates in many different types of events around the greater Chicago area.   Subcommittees include:

    • Community Activities Subcommittee
    • Illinois State Fair Subcommittee

     

    PROJECT SEED COMMITTEE identifies interested low-income and/or minority high school junior and senior students who are interested in participating in a paid summer research experience with  a college or university faculty member.  It supports financial and logistical concerns for the student/ faculty relationships and communicating  relevant program information to the national ACS organization.  The committee is also responsible for distributing Project SEED awards to support the internships. 

    The Naked Egg

    Kids, do you want to try to remove the shell from a raw egg, without breaking it?

    Please note:  All chemicals and experiments can entail an element of risk, and no experiments should be performed without proper adult supervision.

    First, place a raw egg in a 1-pint glass jar with a lid (mason jar, for example). Do NOT crack the egg! Then pour in enough clear, white vinegar (preferably from a newly opened bottle) to cover the egg. Close the lid and check it every once in a while over the next 24 hours. What happens? Bubbles start to form on the egg shell immediately, which increase in number as time goes on.

    After 24 hours the shell will be gone (some pieces may be floating). But the egg remains intact because of a thin membrane, though which the yolk can be seen. Why? The chemical in vinegar is acetic acid (a weak acid). Egg shells are made of calcium carbonate, another chemical compound. When these two substances react, carbon dioxide bubbles form from the carbonate and the egg shell disappears.  

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    Kathleen Carrado Gregar, PhD, Argonne National Labs 
    [email protected]
    January 1992