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.
Unlike other years' beautiful October weather on our Chemistry Days, this year the 14th of October was an unusually rainy and cool day in Kalamazoo. An enthusiastic group of 60+ volunteers - 15 ACS members, 5 ACS student members and 40 students or other colleagues from 2 high schools and 3 local colleges and several industries, etc. - gathered to present 25 separate hands-on activities and demonstrations and to hand out resources to over 1000 attendees at our much-anticipated 31st 4-hour event at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, the venue which has graciously been our host for this event for the past 30 years. Publicity had been sent to K-12 teachers and to other public venues by e-mail and social media, and through the medium of TV to the broader community in SW Michigan, and even to the northern Indiana border by friends of friends who learned of it through the museum's and our announcements! Given the theme of this year's event, Chemistry Rocks! colleagues from the Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society joined us, and they presented some of their displays and talked to the patrons regarding how chemistry and geology are intertwined.
Below are three pictures of favorite activities: Elephant Toothpaste, Slime, and Oobleck.
We had a wonderful night at our second Lake Center Elementary "I<3 STEM" night on November 30, 2017. We estimate that there were over 800 people and I'm not counting the number of students in attendance. There seems to have been a balanced distribution of attendance across the 5 - 11 year old range. It's rumored that some of the public heard and came to check it out too. This is an event we hope to do again.... as it went SUPER well Big Shout outs to the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society for providing booklets and funding for our event. With your support we were able to purchase needed materials, and the Celebrating Chemistry booklets were given out in handle bags, along with trading cards that featured STEM professionals. The WMU ChemClub table (picture included below) helped the children make slime and change copper pennies to "silver or gold" pennies.
On behalf of the Lake Center PTO, the students, staff and families, thank-you!
STEM event organizer
Lake Center Elementary