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2013 Celebrates 26 Years of NCW!



Energy is need for our day-to-day activities, from exercising, power the lights, or to charge your video game or cell phone. Energy is harnessed through a number of sources such as oil and natural gas, nuclear, wind, and water. Some of these sources are renewable while others are not. This National Chemistry Week will focus on what energy is, how it is produced, and identify renewable sources of energy.

Local Events: We have compiled our local events into one handy flyer that you can share with friends, families, and neighbors. Flyers are in Adobe Acrobat format. You must have this software or plug in in order to open the documents.


Contact us at berkschemsoc@psu.edu to receive updates and add your name to our NCW mailing list.

K-12 Contest: The National illustrated poem contest is focused on “Energy: Now and Forever!” Participants are encouraged to illustrate concepts related to the theme, considering all forms of energy. The illustrated poems relate to common applications of chemistry that people might not normally think is related to chemistry.

National Chemistry Week Poetry Contest Form

Please share information about this contest by using the
LVACS National Chemistry Week Poetry Contest Flyer

All entries must be received by October 21, 2013

Mail to:

National Chemistry Week Coordinator
Prof. Lorena Tribe
Penn State Berks
111 Luerssen Building
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610

ChemMatters: ChemMatters, a magazine for high school students, will devote its October issue to National Chemistry Week topic of energy.

Celebrating Chemistry: Celebrating Chemistry is a National Science Education Standards-aligned hands-on activity newspaper for elementary school students that highlights highlight:

  • Investigating relative size and scale
  • Observations vs. interpretation
  • Properties of materials
  • Investigating the effectiveness of sunscreen

Each year National Chemistry Week reaches millions of people with positive messages about the contributions of chemistry. Join in the celebration of NCW 2013!


To see what the Penn State Berks Chemical Society did last year, visit the
PSU BCS NCW 2012 page!

If you or your business would like to donate funds or supplies to help offset the cost of our outreach events, please contact BCS Advisor, Greglynn Gibbs, berkschemsoc@psu.edu


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