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Berks Chemical Society participates in National Chemistry Week

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week, the Penn State Berks Chemical Society, a student chapter of the American Chemical Society, will host community outreach programs that demonstrate the impact of chemistry on individual quality of life and the nation’s economy. All planned activities incorporate the annual theme, “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science.”

The week-long celebration will kick off on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the Reading Public Museum from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and will feature hands-on science activities for elementary through high school students and their parents. On Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4-5 p.m., children and parents will have another opportunity to explore nanotechnology at the Reading Public Library, which is located on 5th Street in Reading.

Girl Scout Nano-Saturday will be held Saturday, Oct.27, at Penn State Berks; Girl Scouts can earn National Chemistry Week badges. The cost for this event is $7 and requires pre-registration through the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania at www.gsep.org.

All experiments and other activities are conducted and supervised by chemists, who hold both safety and learning as top priorities. Further information about this year’s nationwide observance of National Chemistry Week is available at www.acs.org/ncw.

National Chemistry Week (NCW), an outreach program of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and will be celebrated from October 21-27 throughout the country by 187 local sections of the American Chemical Society. The Penn State Berks Chapter has eighty-one members, who serve the profession and the community.

For more information, please contact Greglynn Gibbs, Research Support Technician and Adviser to the Penn State Berks Chemical Society, at 610-396-6363 or via e-mail, GDW104@psu.edu; or visit the Penn State Berks Chemical Society website at www.clubs.psu.edu/bk/chemsociety.

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