2014 Community Outreach Archives

Outreach Activities

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NCW Outreach Activities

Thursday, October 30, 2014 – California State University, Dominguez Hills Science Society presents a National Chemistry Week event at 4:30 p.m. in Room SCC 104. Guest Speaker JoAnn Aragon Valdivia will discuss the good and bad sides of sweets. Refreshments will be served. Come find out about the Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy!

October 19-25, 2014 (Varying Times) National Chemistry Week
Activities at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037, website: www.californiasciencecenter.org. Join volunteers at the California Science Center for NCW activities throughout the week. The theme for NCW 2014 is “The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy!” For more information about NCW, visit: www.acs.org/ncw. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Henry Abrash at: abrash8-at-aol-dot-com.

National Chemistry Week Activities at Pasadena City College:

October 23, 2014: Mole Day – NanoMole Hunt on campus
“Spectroscopy at JPL” seminar by Dr. Brian Drouin

October 24, 2014: Chemistry Magic Show – Students will perform a Magic Show on Campus

October 25, 2014: Candy Making Workshop – Students will make sugar candy and discover the Chemistry of Candy making.

October 31, 2014: Outreach to Jefferson Elementary – teaching fifth graders about what makes up candy colors through Candy Chromatography.

Please contact Dr. Veronica Jaramillo at vijaramillo-at-pasadena-dot-edu for more information about the events at Pasadena City College.


The Los Angeles County Science Fair will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th at the Pasadena Convention Center from 10 am to 5 pm. SCALACS will have an “Interactive Exhibit” table and we need volunteers to help. Please contact Bob de Groot at rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-net. In addition, there is a need for JUDGES for the fair. Graduate students can get good experience working side-by-side with science and engineering experts in their fields.  There could be good job contacts as well.  Go directly to this site to volunteer for Judging:  http://www.lascifair.org/judges/


The Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls will take place on April 5th, 2013 from 8:45 am to 2:45 pm at Mount St. Mary’s College Doheny Campus, Los Angeles. Expanding Your Horizons is a career day supported by SCALACS and organized by MATH/SCIENCE INTERCHANGE to inform young women about careers in math and science-related fields. The conference is for girls in grades 5-8. For more information, please go to www.expandingyourhorizonsla.org. Since this is a conference for girls, women volunteers to help out for the day are very welcome. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dr. Eleanor Siebert at esiebert-at-msmc-dot-la-dot-edu.


First Annual Chemistry Bowl
Saturday, April 12, 2014

8:30 am—3:00 pm
Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

The Pasadena City College ACS Student Chapter, in collaboration with SCALACS, will hold a Chemistry Bowl at their campus.

The Chemistry Bowl will be a competition between local ACS student chapters in the Southern California region. The competition will consist of lab bench challenges, spectroscopy, a relay obstacle course, and chemistry jeopardy.

The first lab bench challenge will be a titration where teams are given a set time to determine the concentration of an unknown solution and then are judged by their precision, accuracy, and lab technique. In the spectroscopy challenge, teams are given a spectra to determine the correct chemical structure. The battery building challenge will require teams to build a galvanic cell. The relay obstacle course will be done out in the stadium and will consist of a chemistry themed relay. Last is the chemistry jeopardy finale where the top three teams will compete to determine a winner. All competing teams will consist of five members.

Please contact Dr. Veronica Jaramillo, vijaramillo-at-pasadena-dot-edu, for more information on how you can help make this event successful or if your chemistry club would like to participate.


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April 20, 2014 – Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Activities at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037, website: http://www.californiasciencecenter.org. The 2014 theme is: “The Wonders of Water.” Join volunteers for CCED activities. Dates and Times will be listed on the SCALACS website. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer please contact Henry Abrash at: abrash8-at-aol-dot-com.


On Thursday 24 April 2014 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, student members from El Camino College will be celebrating Chemists Celebrate Earth Day at Environmental Charter Middle School, 812 W. 165th Place, Gardena, CA 90247 (web: http://ecmsgardena.org). They will be hosting activities for people of all ages at the math and science night. For information or to volunteer, please contact Anna-Sophia Hirst at annasophia-dot-k-dot-hirst-at-gmail-dot-com.


April 25, 2014 Noon – Lunch will be provided. CSUDH Campus, NSM C-213. The Science Society of California State University Dominguez Hills is proud to present their final event for the semester: Earth Day 2014: The Wonders of Water! With Special Guest Speaker: Ken Vecchiarelli, Operations Engineer for the Golden State Water Company. Plus – Enjoy a special presentation of the IMAX film Blue Planet. For more information, contact Janelle at science_society@csudh.edu


The Intel Science Fair will take place on May 13-16, 2014. If you would like to volunteer as a judge, please contact Brian Brady at brian-dot-b-dot-brady-at-aero-dot-org.


Volunteers Needed for Boy Scout Expo
May 31, 2014

Rose Bowl Stadium Concourse
1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA
8:30 am to 4:00 pm (including setup and cleanup)

SCALACS will be hosting its annual Chemistry Merit Badge activity at the Scout Expo being held at the Rose Bowl Stadium Outside Concourse. We are hoping to help at least 80 scouts earn their badges, so we need a minimum of two instructors for each of four stations.  Last year we helped 150 scouts get their chemistry badges.

We’re looking for volunteers throughout the day for a minimum of two hour shifts. Lunch is not provided but there will be snacks and beverages. There is a cooler to store your lunch. Parking is free.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Derek Marin at Derek-dot-Marin-at-DunnEdwards-dot-com or Jerry Delker at delker-at-earthlink-dot-net before May 28th.

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