National Chemistry Week celebrates health and wellness in Washington, D.C., area

October 14, 2004

Several hundred local elementary and middle school students in Washington, D.C., and Annandale, Va., will discover the contributions of chemistry to health and wellness Oct. 17-23 during the 16th annual National Chemistry Week celebration, a program sponsored by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. There also will be presentations for the public at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Northwest D.C.

National Chemistry Week is a community-based program that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools and the public in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.

The 2004 theme, "Health and Wellness," will expose people of all ages to the science behind healthy living and disease prevention through chemistry-related hands-on activities, demonstrations, lectures, presentations, and poster and essay competitions.

Here's a look at National Chemistry Week celebrations in the Washington metropolitan area:

Monday, Oct. 18
Poe Middle School
- 7000 Cindy Lane, Annandale, Va. 22003
Volunteers from the American Chemical Society, American Chemistry Council and the Chemical Society of Washington will conduct a student assembly involving hands-on activities for 330 sixth-grade students. The program includes a session on the importance of exercise, which will be lead by internationally acclaimed health instructor, Harold Sanco. The students also will test artificial urine samples using a dip-and-read test to see if glucose is present, and make glitter slime to observe how the gooey physical properties of mucus trap allergens.

Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Thursday, Oct. 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
- 901 G Street NW, Washington, D.C.
The co-inventor of "dip-and-read" test strips, Dr. Helen Free, will give three talks for children and the general public explaining how urinalysis and blood tests are used to detect diabetes. A former president of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Free will offer unique insights from the perspective of a scientist and inventor. Participants will have the opportunity to try hands-on science activities.

Wednesday, Oct. 20
Lucy Moten Elementary
- 1565 Morris Road SE, Washington, D.C.
Volunteers from the American Chemical Society, American Chemistry Council and the Chemical Society of Washington will conduct a student assembly followed by hands-on activities for 220 students of the school. The students will learn the importance of exercise from health instructor Harold Sanco, and delve into testing artificial urine samples, as well as making slime.
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To learn more about National Chemistry Week, please visit http://www.chemistry.org/kids.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress, with a multidisciplinary membership of more than 159,000 chemists and chemical engineers. It publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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