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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. 

    Ocean in a Bottle

     

    Ollie is a handyman,
    The greatest one around.
    He makes toys from odds and ends
    And sells them by the pound.
    While walking by the ocean,
    And looking at the waves,
    Ollie had a great idea -
    A toy that would get raves!

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

    Kids, here's how you can make Ollie's new toy for yourself. Fill a large clear plastic soda bottle halfway with water. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and mix. Add a light-colored cooking oil until the bottle is filled to the very top. Put the cap on tightly. Turn the bottle sideways and tilt it up and down. What happens? How does your ocean-in-a-bottle work? Oil and water do not mix because the molecules in water are very attracted to each other, but are not attracted to those in oil at all. Because water is more dense than oil, when the bottle is rocked, the water runs to the bottom, pushing the oil out of its way and making waves. Adding color to the water makes it easier to tell the difference between the two liquids.

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    Kathleen Carrado Gregar, PhD, Argonne National Labs 
    [email protected]
    January 1998

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    Taken From: Apples, Bubbles, and Crystals: Your Science ABCs, by A. Bennett & J. Kessler, 1996, McGraw Hill, NY.