Distilling International Year of Chemistry Activities from around the World

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130 Journal of Chemical Education_Vol. 88 No. 2 February 2011_pubs.acs.org/jchemeduc_r2010 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.10.1021/ed101133m Published on Web 12/10/2010Chemical Education TodayDistilling International Year of Chemistry Activitiesfrom around the Worldby Alice J. TeterJournal of Chemical Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53715,United Statesteter@jce.acs.orgAfter the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations(UN) adopted the resolution proclaiming 2011 as the Interna-tional Year of Chemistry (IYC), the International Union of Pureand Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the United Nations,United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisa-tion (UNESCO) were placed at the helm of this global event.Stemming from their belief that the achievements of chemistryand its contributions to the well-being of humankind should becelebrated, they have identified these four key goals for IYC2011: Increase public appreciation of chemistry in meeting worldneeds. Encourage an interest in chemistry among young people. Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. Celebrate the achievements of Marie Curie and the contribu-tions of women to chemistry.The official IYC 2011 Web site at http://www.chemis-try2011.org/ (accessed Dec 2010) serves as a central location forinformation about activities worldwide associated with thiscelebration. The IYC logo (Figure 1), which appears promi-nently on thisWeb site, may also appear in other places that haveinformation about IYC activities.Please check the IYCWeb site frequently. The informationthere changes almost daily, and you will not want to miss anevent, project opportunity, meeting, or contest deadline.Celebrating the International Year of Chemistry 2011IYC 2011 International Launching CeremonyTheOfficial International LaunchCeremony for IYC 2011will take place at UNESCO World Headquarters in Paris on27-28 January 2011, under the aegis of the UN,UNESCO, andIUPAC. The agenda for this event includes an internationalseminar, an exhibition, and other related social and culturalevents.IYC and the Journal of Chemical EducationAs part of the Journal's participation in IYC, we arewatching the IYC Web site. Some items have already caughtthe eyes of our staff members as particularly interesting, or fun, ormodels that other organizations might use to generate their owncelebrations.We are also interested in inside information about IYC2011 activities, and invite developers and organizers as well asparticipants to write brief descriptions of how their activitieswere developed, who participated, outcomes, and other mean-ingful information, and submit these to the Journal for con-sideration for publication.Get Involved with IYC Activities, Events, and IdeasThe IYC Web site presents all manner of interestingmaterial: activities, events, and the groups sponsoring them.From the home page, Connect to the IYC Network, whichlists the people and groups who have registered events oractivities, and national primary contact people. Browsing thenetwork may help you find a local (and enthusiastic) expert,mentor, or partner for a project of your own, or even someonewho is doing something quite similar to your project, yet inanother part of the world. Join the network and register yourown activities, events, and ideas.Participate by looking at the ideas, events, and activitiesthat have been registered. Note that new ones continue to beadded. Each has audience and topic tags, and useful filters areavailable for searches. When you find activities of interest, youcan participate in those that are nearby, or model and create yourown activities with distant programs as an inspiration.A very small sampling of activities appears in Table 1. (Weomitted locations; this was not an oversight.) Have a look at theWeb site; you will almost certainly find it enlightening andenjoyable: http://www.chemistry2011.org/ (accessedDec 2010).Figure 1. The International Year of Chemistry 2011 logo identifiesmany chemistry-related exciting events and engaging activities through-out the year and around the world. Visit http://www.chemistry2011.org/ (accessed Dec 2010) to find out more.r2010 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc._pubs.acs.org/jchemeduc_Vol. 88 No. 2 February 2011_Journal of Chemical Education 131Chemical Education TodayTable 1. Sampling of Some International Year of Chemistry Activities Offered throughout the WorldActivity Description Audience URLs (all accessed Dec 2010)Games and CompetitionsDr. O'Too City ofChemistryInteractive chemistry computergame played via FacebookMiddle andhigh schoolhttp://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=166http://apps.facebook.com/dr_otooAustralian NationalChemistry QuizOffered in 15 countries and7 languages, this quiz challengesstudents' reasoningMiddle andhigh schoolhttp://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=45A World withoutPolymersVideo and essay contestrecognizing the ubiquity andimportance of polymersHigh schooland collegehttp://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=100UndergraduateOrganicCompetitionStudents will be timed answeringmultiple-choice organicchemistry questions; videowill be posted on YouTubeCollege http://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=144Outreach ActivitiesChildren's ChemicalExperiment ShowInteractive chemistrydemonstrations in ascience museum contextElementaryschoolhttp://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=190Yamagata FutureScience ProjectChemistry experiments atYamagata University andlocal schoolsMiddle andhigh schoolhttp://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=163Chemikum Marburg Chemistry demonstrations, publicexploration stations, workshopsfor studentsPublic outreach http://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=238EstonianChemistry DaysConference with poster sessionsopen to the public atTartu UniversityPublic outreach http://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=150Super ScienceSaturdayChemistry demonstrations,hands-on activities,poster displays,live feed from IYC openingevents in ParisPublic outreach http://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=53Chemistry and ArtGlobal StampCompetition:Chemistry as aCultural EnterpriseStudents design stampsreflecting the importanceof chemistry locally;entries will be shownat the IYC closingceremonies in Brusselsand winningentries selectedHigh school http://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=110Chem13 NewsPeriodic TableDesign ProjectStudents create an element tile,contributing their design to thewhole periodic table collectivelymade and publically displayedby poster and onlineElementary, middleand highschoolhttp://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=42http://www.chem13news.uwaterloo.caWorkshops and Poster Sessions by High School StudentsSymposium forYoung Researchersof Natural SciencesStudents conduct researchin chemistry and give anoral presentation oftheir resultsHigh school http://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=155Chemistry PopularizationWorkshopsStudents take a chemistry quiz,attend lectures, and havetheir attitudes andmisconceptions challengedMiddle andhigh schoolhttp://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=193132 Journal of Chemical Education_Vol. 88 No. 2 February 2011_pubs.acs.org/jchemeduc_r2010 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.Chemical Education TodayTable 1. ContinuedActivity Description Audience URLs (all accessed Dec 2010)Bilingual ActivitiesQumica en Todo:Chemistry AllAroundStudents write a blog in Spanishand English, reporting the resultsof their research on chemistryall around usHigh school http://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=128http://bscw.unizar.es/pub/bscw.cgi/526623Didactica de laQumica y VidaCotidiana: Didacticsof Chemistry andEveryday LifeStudents explore chemistry problems,exercises, experiments, andanalogies about everydaymaterials and experiences,accessing free resourcesonline mainly in Spanish andsome in EnglishHigh schooland collegehttp://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=21

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