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 2019

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

Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Museum entrance

On October 12th, 2018 the 33rd Annual Chemistry Day at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum drew 550 patrons for an early celebration of National Chemistry Week. Approximately 60 volunteers presented 15 hands-on activities to the attendees. The theme of 2019's National Chemistry Week is Marvelous Metals, and volunteers did a great job showcasing the theme with activities including a penny demo that heated a zinc coated penny to form brass, shiny pennies, using metals to clean up oil spills, magnets, metal detectors, and iron in cereal. At another table, members shared the significance of Kalamazoo's designation earlier this year as a National Historic Chemical Landmark for the development of steroid medicines at the Upjohn Company.

KACS Volunteers from the Air Zoo, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Pfizer, Perrigo, Kalsec, Kalexsyn, Western Michigan University, and Kalamazoo College, graciously volunteered their time to share these and other activities with the Kalamazoo community. A big THANK YOU to everyone that worked so hard to make this event a huge success. It is hard to describe the joy one experiences seeing the smile on young children’s faces as they begin to understand the concepts behind these demonstrations. Hopefully some of these curious young attendees will remember this positive event when deciding a college major 5 to 10 years from now and choose the chemical sciences.

Anyone willing to present a demo at the Museum Day event in early November 2020 send me an email (hjude[at]kalsec[dot]com) and I will stay in touch as next year's event approaches. The theme of 2020's National Chemistry week is Sticking with Chemistry (Glues and Adhesives).

Photo of experiment