American Chemical Society - Local Section for the Dallas and Fort Worth Area

National Chemistry Week and Mole Day


NCW 2010 Goes Behind the Scenes


National Chemistry Week (NCW) is October 17-23, 2010. This year's theme is "Behind the Scenes with Chemistry!" Explore the special effects in movies to appreciate that it is not magic, but rather common chemical concepts that explain the mystery behind the "magic" on the screen.


NCW Poster Contest: As part of every NCW celebration, ACS sponsors a national poster contest for K-12 students. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their creative abilities and to appreciate the chemical concepts that explain the special effects seen in movies. Students in all schools (public, private, parochial, etc.) or home schooled students are eligible to participate.


High School Participation: The ACS ChemClub provides fun, authentic, and hands-on opportunities for high school students to experience chemistry beyond the classroom, get involved in community building, and learn about careers in chemistry. Check out the ChemClub pages for ideas and resources about this year's NCW theme from a high school perspective. If your school doesn't have a ChemClub, start one! The program is fun and free.


Visit for more information and resources for this year's celebration!




Sister Cecilia Sehr of Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas is the 2010 NCW coordinator. Sr. Sehr can be reached via


Local Activities can be advertised on the page by sending a brief description with details to


Please send post-event summaries of NCW activities to for inclusion in the local section's annual report to ACS National.