Outreach Activities for 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010 (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) Sustainable Sundays – “Waste Not, Want Not”: Reducing, Reusing, Recycling at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007. SCALACS will host a polymers activity table in the main hall of the museum. Contact Bob de Groot at: rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu for questions or if you would like to volunteer.
Local competition for the ACS High School Chemistry Olympiad—March 17th and 18th. Winners of the local exam will be invited to participate in the National Exam on April 24th for a chance to be part of the International Olympiad in July in Tokyo, Japan. The High School Awards Banquet is June 4th at Mount St. Mary’s College. Ask your local high school to participate. Contact the office for registration forms or visit our website at www.scalacs.org.
Sunday March 14th, 2010 (9:30am – 3:30pm) Sustainable Sundays “World Water Day LA” at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007. SCALACS will host a polymers activity table in the main hall of the museum. Contact Bob de Groot at: rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu for questions or if you would like to volunteer.
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 (8:30 am to 2:00 pm) Opportunities for You in Science and Engineering Conference at Caltech. This is a program that encourages high school students to study science and engineering. The event includes talks on innovations in science and engineering, tours of labs, talks on getting financial aid and college admissions, and hands-on activities. The event will be hosted by Caltech’s Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials, The HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program, and the local section. Contact Bob de Groot for more information: rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu.
The Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls will take place on April 10, 2010 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. 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 intended for girls in grades 5-8. Girls participate in hands-on workshops such as dissecting pig hearts, isolating DNA, and making colors with chemistry. There are also workshops for parents, teachers and counselors about making math and science a career option for girls. There is a $10 fee for each participant to cover lunch and materials. For more information and to register, please go to www.expandingyourhorizonsla.org. Registration opens in January and is limited to the first 200 participants.
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.
April 17, 2010 (9 am – 4 pm) Sally Ride Science Festival at Cal State Los Angeles. Join the CSULA Student Members and the Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) for a day of fun activities and workshops at the Sally Ride Science Festival. We need local section volunteers to help with activities at the Festival’s street fair and with the workshops. Contact Bob de Groot at rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu for questions or if you would like to volunteer.
April 16, 2010 (1:30 pm): Joint Younger Chemists Committee and Alpha Chi Sigma Lab Tour at the J. P. Getty Museum.
Come join the YCC and AXS as we visit the laboratories of the Getty Conservation Institute’s Science Group. On the tour we will see how spectroscopy, chromatography, microscopy and analytical methods are used to investigate the materials used in works of art and aid in their understanding and conservation.
Please meet outside the Cafe at 1:30 pm for check-in and an informal social mixer. Due to the size of the group there will be two tours of 15 individuals; one at 2:00 pm the other at 3:30 pm. While not on the tour, you are invited to visit the museum and take in the art and exhibitions.
Please reserve you spot before April 8th as space is limited to 30 individuals. There is a $15 per vehicle parking fee so if possible, please carpool. There is no cost for the tour.
For questions or reservations, please contact Derek Marin at ma-at-axsigmalapro-dot-org.
Saturday, May 22nd 2010, All Day (shifts available). Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Midway at Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
SAVE THE DATE! We will once again be putting on the Chemistry Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts. This year the event is changing from an Expo to a Jamboree so it is moving to a larger location. Due to this change we will be able to have more space and help out more scouts over a longer period of time. Please contact Dr. Gerald Delker at delker-at-earthlink-dot-net for more information or to volunteer.
Theme: “Plants – The Green Machines!”
ACS observes Earth Day with the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) program. We offer a suite of events, contests, and educational resources that can be used by members, chemical educators, and chemistry enthusiasts to illustrate the positive role that chemistry plays in the world.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 (10 am – 1 pm): Earth Day Celebration and Fair at East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754. ACS will host a table with the Student Members from ELAC. For more information, contact Bob de Groot at rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu or Armando Rivera at RiveraAM-at-elac-dot-edu.
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 (Time TBD): Earth Day Celebration at California State University, Northridge. Junior and high school student workshops in chemistry, biology and geology. Contact Dorothy Nguyen-Graff for more information at dng-at-csun-dot-edu.
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 pm: The movie Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy will be shown in the Loker Student Union at the California State University Dominguez Hills. CSUDH’s Toro Productions and Science Society join SCALACS in sponsoring the screening, part of the Susana Halpine Memorial Science in the Cinema Series. The Web site for the mockumentary/documentary film is http://sizzlethemovie.com. Ifeanyi Njoku, co-producer (with Randy Olson) of the movie, will be on hand for discussion.
Driving directions may be found at http://www.csudh.edu/visitus/drivingdirections.shtml and a map of the campus is available from http://www.csudh.edu/visitus/campusmap.shtml. There is scant on-street parking; the parking lot costs $4. For further information, contact Sofia Pappatheodorou at sofia-at-csudh-dot-edu.
Sunday, October 3, 2010 (12 – 4 pm) Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Family Science Festival at the California Institute of Technology. The theme this 2010 is “Imagination Meets Innovation: What will you do today?” If you would like to volunteer or have questions please contact Robert de Groot at: rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu.
Week of October 17-23, 2010 (Varying Times) National Chemistry Week Activities at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037, website: http://www.californiasciencecenter.org. Join volunteers at the California Science Center for NCW activities throughout the week. The theme for NCW 2010 is “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry!” For more information visit: www.acs.org/ncw. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Henry Abrash at: abrash8-at-aol-dot-com
Monday, October 18, 2010 (7 pm) – Science in the Cinema at Mt. St. Mary’s College (Chalon Campus) co-hosted by the Women in Science and Health (WISH) club and the ACS Southern California Local Section. The evening’s feature is “The Prestige.” This magical and mysterious film portrays the rivalry between two magicians with an interesting twist. WISH will be conducting a magical movie night discussing the wonders of the film and how it portrays the science in film. For more information contact Tameka Watson at: tamewats-at-mymsmc-dot-la-dot-edu
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (12 – 2 pm) Science is Fun Day at Mount St. Mary’s College (Chalon Campus). Join the ladies of WISH as they demonstrate fun ways to conduct science with a day of demonstration at the sunny Mount St. Mary’s College Chalon campus. We have activities such as disappearing water and making sour gummy bears. For more information Tameka Watson at: tamewats-at-mymsmc-dot-la-dot-edu.