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2012 Chemluminary Award for Outstanding On-Going National Chemistry Week Event

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For the 24th year in a row, the Cleveland Section continues to organize their National Chemistry Week event which is an engaging hands-on program that puts chemistry in the context of a water park visit by Milli and Avogadro, the principal characters in the annual storylines.

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Chemistry Rocks!
Oct. 22-28, 2017

As part of the National Chemistry Week 2017 celebration and in recognition of its theme, "Chemistry Rocks! ", the American Chemical Society is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade.
     Write and illustrate a poem using the National Chemistry Week theme, “Chemistry Rocks!” Your poem can be in any style as long as it is no more than 40 words. Some examples are:.

ABC poem
Free Verse
End Rhyme
Blank Verse

  Click here for guidelines from the National ACS


Winners will be selected in the following categories: 

  • Grades K-2

  • Grades 3-5

  • Grades 6-8

  • Grades 9-12

The Cleveland Section American Chemical Society will select ONE winner in each age group to receive a $25 cash prize.  Winners, their parents, and their teachers will be invited to be our guests at the Cleveland Section ACS Education Night Meeting in April 2013.  At that time, the student winners will be recognized and presented with their prizes. 


The winning posters will also be sent on for competition at the National ACS level.. Don't think it's not worth trying; Cleveland already had four previous national winners of NCW poster contests. You could be next!




Contest Rules:

  • Students who attend schools (or are home-schooled) located in the geographical area of the Cleveland Section (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Lorain, Erie, and Huron counties) are eligible to enter the Cleveland Section NCW Poster Contest.

  • All entries must be original works by the student, without aid from others.

  • Posters must be no larger than 11 x 14 inches in size.

  • Entries must be on unlined sheet paper..

  • Entries must be drawn using crayons, paint, colored pencils or markers.

  • Only one entry per student will be accepted.

  • Entries with incomplete or illegible information may be disqualified.

  • All entries must have the completed entry form and should include the following on the back:
                        Student’s name
                        Home address (including city & zip code)
                        Home telephone number
                        Name of school
                        School address (including city & zip code)
                        School telephone number
                        Teacher's name
    (please list only one teacher's name)
                        Teacher's e-mail address

  • Homeschooled students should include their name, address, phone, email, and name of any homeschool group to which they are associated
  • Send all entries to:
                        Mark Waner, Department of Chemistry
                        John Carroll University
                        1 John Carroll Blvd.
                        University Heights, OH 44118

  • Entries must be POST MARKED no later than October 28 so that winning entries can be sent to Washington DC for judging at the national level the week after NCW.

  • Entries may also be dropped off at the Chemistry Department at John Carroll University by the deadline.

  • ACS is not responsible for lost, damaged, or delayed postal shipments.

  • All illustrated poems and/or digital representations of the poems become the property of the American Chemical Society.

  • Acceptance of prizes constitutes consent to use winners’ names and entries for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes.


Entries will be evaluated on how well the message in the poster promotes the theme. Four criteria will be used to determine the top entry for each age group:

•Relevance to and incorporation of the theme
•Word choice and imagery
• Colorful artwork
• Adherence to poem style
• Originality and creativity
• Overall presentation





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NCW 2017

When:  Sept. 9, 2017. 8:30am-3pm. See volunteer page for more info Contact Bob Fowler for more info.



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