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Weekend Science Fun: More Chemistry

It has been a few weeks since we visited the International Year of Chemistry website, so let's see what has been added.

Dow Chemical and The Franklin Institute (TFI) have uploaded three videos in what they are calling the “Celebrate Chemistry” series. I suspect they will be adding more in the future. Nothing too novel or innovative, but they have tried to make the videos child friendly.

1. Baking Soda Volcano (Recommended for grades 3-4)

2. In a video for older kids, The Science of Baseball covers the law of energy and conservation, and principles of physics.

If you are interested in the Student Chemistry Cartoon Contest and/or Student Chemistry Video Contest, you'll need to submit your entries soon. They are due May 31, 2011. The idea is to clearly illustrate a chemistry principle in way that will enhance how chemistry is taught.

If you would like to find activities being held in your region, click on the activities tab and then look for your country. There is also a search box.

Here are two examples I found:

If you live in Michigan, Spring Arbor will be featuring chemistry at their annual Cougar Science Camp June 20-24, 2011. For more details, see the Cougar Science Camp page.

On August 13, 2011 Grout Museum District in Waterloo, Iowa will attempt to break the Guinness World RecordsTM Largest Chemistry Lesson.  The lesson will start at 11:00 a.m. according to the International Year of Chemistry, but they don't have it on the museum calendar yet.

If the celebrations inspire you to do some chemistry experiments, here are 10 chemistry books to help give you ideas:

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