Detroit Local Section

of the American Chemical Society

National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week is a community-based annual event that unites American Chemical Society (ACS) local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. It is held every year during the week that includes Mole Day (Oct 23). Each year has a specific theme to highlight the role of chemistry in different aspects of our world.


The Detroit Section of the American Chemical Society holds a few National Chemistry Week programs each year. The programs involve hands-on chemistry experiments for kids, live chemical demonstrations, and hand-outs with articles and experiments for kids and their families to do at home.


We kick off National Chemistry Week on Sunday at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. The program usually runs from 12:00 – 4:00 PM.  The museum is located on the Cranbrook Educational community campus on Woodward between Lone Pine and Long Lake roads in Bloomfield Hills. Information and a map can be found on their website at


We wrap National Chemistry Week up on Saturday at the Detroit Science Center. The program usually runs from 12:00 – 4:00 PM.  The museum is located on John R Street at Warren Avenue, between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.  Information and a map can be found on their website at


We also participate with the local Girl Scouts on a Chemistry Day event in November. The program includes career talks, hands-on experiments, and a service project. Each scout receives a National Chemistry Week badge.


We need approximately 20 volunteers for each program to staff the individual hands-on experiments, to lead the children through activities, and answer questions about the chemistry in the world around us.  Children will have fun making things like slime, putty, and ink while learning about the properties of everyday materials.


This is a great opportunity to come out and mix socially with your fellow chemists while performing a valuable public outreach.  Please, come join us for one of these programs.  To participate you can respond directly to our program organizer, Denise Grimsley (BASF), at


Visit Celebrating Chemistry

A free hands-on activity newspaper. 


Compliments of the American Chemical Society