Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

We are a dynamic and visionary organization committed to improving people’s lives in our community through the transforming power of chemistry.  We strive to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties.

Chemistry Day at the Museum

Saturday 12 October 2013

This event has already taken place. For a list of upcoming events, see our events page.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum
230 N Rose St
Kalamazoo MI
12:00 - 16:00

NCW 2013 Logo

Hands-on activities and resources for all ages!

The event is co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Local Section of the American Chemical Society and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Download the flyer here [PDF]

As a community service, we will collect spent batteries for responsible disposal.

Learn about Energy Conservation and the KVCC Wind Turbine as part of this year’s energy theme, in addition to annual favorites like Slime and Iron in Cereal. There will be over 25 different activities:

  • Big Dry Ice Bubble
  • Bouncing Bubbles
  • Buzz on Electrolytes
  • Chemical Volcano
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Chemtricity
  • Chromatography Butterflies
  • Crystal Energy
  • Dancing Milk
  • Density Towers
  • Easy Lava Lamp
  • Elephant Toothpaste
  • Energy Conservation
  • Get Fired Up!
  • Information
  • Invisible Ink
  • Iron in Cereal
  • KVCC Wind Turbine
  • Lemon Power
  • Liquid Nitrogen
  • Magic Floating Eggs
  • Magic Sand
  • Mixing Oil and Water
  • Shiny Pennies
  • Slime
  • Super-Absorbent Polymer
  • UV Fashion
  • Water Electrolysis Glitter Tornadoes

Silly putty

glowing flasks

Iron in cereal

Another Successful Chemistry Day at the Museum

What a whirl of activity this year, whose chosen theme was “Energy – Now and Forever”

By Lydia Hines

Students in grades K-12 were invited to submit illustrated poems on the theme. Response was received from 2 schools with entries in Grades 3-5 and 9-12. These will be submitted to the National competition and we await to hear how our entries may fare – maybe we can get another national winner, as we did last year.

Celebrating Chemistry, a publication prepared by the ACS for youngsters in grades 4-6, was distributed to the Kalamazoo and Portage Libraries, the Museum publicized Chemistry Day at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in their quarterly magazine Museon and in the Kalamazoo Gazette and flyers were distributed to all K-12 teachers for whom we have e-addresses. ChemMatters, a publication prepared by ACS for High School students, was distributed to those who came to the Museum event.

With the expert, tireless and valuable assistance of Annette Hoppenworth 87 volunteers (KACS members and friends) participated in our largest outreach effort of the week; we presented 29 hands-on activities to about 700 patrons on a beautiful Fall Saturday in our southwest corner of Michigan. It was heartening to welcome 35 first-time volunteers! Teachers, parents, scout leaders and children left with smiles on their faces, bags full of materials to encourage their continued learning at home and/or in the classroom, and with a good taste of the excitement of chemistry and science in general, as a result of having been encouraged to observe and participate in our activities. A very warm thank you goes to all who made this event another successful one for our Section.