(posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018)
When local sections prepare annual reports for ACS we are asked: “What have you done that’s good”? Akron Section has been answering “We help students get excited about science! We work with student affiliates who do interesting programs at four colleges. We have an outstanding Project SEED summer research program for high school students. We sponsor Chemistry Olympiad and our students advance. We provide awards at four regional science fairs. We provide materials to libraries for National Chemistry Week and for Earth Day. And we’ve developed programs using Innovative Project Grant funding that bring chemical magic to young students and let them experience chemistry first-hand.” ACS has invited us to present our work in the “Kids and Chemistry” category at the ChemLuminary Awards Exhibition at the last two August national meetings, in Boston this year and in Washington during 2017.
The ChemLuminary Exhibition is a highlight of the August meeting. 3500 people attended ChemLuminary this year to view local section exhibits in many categories. Akron was one of three sections exhibiting in “Kids and Chemistry”. We exhibited with the Midland (MI) and Houston Sections, and Houston took the prize.
We thank Regan Silvestri (Lorain County Community College) who organized our “Chemical Magic” IPG program; Carol Shreiner (Hiram College), who conducted the 2017 and 2018 Project SEED programs, Chemistry Olympiad and our library outreach program; Tama Drenski (Renner Kenner LPA) who conducted the 2015 and 2016 Project SEED programs, and Kevin McCauley (Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics), who coordinates our science fairs. Regan Silvestri presented our poster at the Boston meeting.