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New Website

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 4:50 PM

Our website has moved! Visit http://wisconsinacs.org/  for current postings from the Wisconsin ACS Local Section!

2018 March for Science

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 1:30 PM

The Wisconsin Section ACS has is pleased to announce that the 2018 March for Science will take place on Saturday, May 5th, from 3 -7 PM. Participants will meet at James Madison Park (614 E Gorham St, Madison) and march down Langdon Street to Library/State Street Mall, where the rally itself will occur. Speakers will be scheduled to address the crowd any time between approximately 4:15-5:30, and the organizers are expanding this year's event to include a science-based festival immediately following the rally. Science organizations and science advocates will be providing information, demonstrations and experiments for both children and adults. More information is available on Facebook. We encourage all members to participate.

K-12 Outreach Grants Due May 1st

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Science K-12 teachers located within the Wisconsin ACS Local Section area can apply for $250-$1000 outreach grants! Proposal submission deadline is May 1, 2018.

For full details and a link to the  online application, visit our Outreach Grants page


Wisconsin Space Crystal Mission

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The WI Local Section is one of the co-sponsors of the WI Crystal Growing Contest. In 2017 the four contest winners went on to work with CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space) to design a crystallization experiment to be conducted aboard the International Space Station in April 2018. Their challenges included: Do crystals grown in space differ from the ones grown on Earth? Do compounds crystallize differently in space? What hardware does one use to conduct a crystallization experiment in space? Fuller information is below:

It has just been announced that the WI Space Crystal Mission will take place again in 2018!

Do crystals grown in space differ from the ones grown on Earth? Do compounds crystallize differently in space? What hardware does one use to conduct a crystallization experiment in space? Answers to these questions are being sought by the winners of the 2017 WI state-wide Crystal Growing Contest (WICGC), co-sponsored by the ACS WI Local Section. The four laureates have been collaborating with the Molecular Structure Laboratory and scientists from the CASIS, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, to design two crystal-growing experiments to be conducted aboard the International Space Station in April 2018. To qualify for this honor, three middle and three high school students won top prizes in the WICGC by growing high-quality crystals and creating crystal-inspired artworks.

The annual WICGC has been organized since 2014 by the departmental Molecular Structure Laboratory to promote the Wisconsin Idea, introduce participants to the scientific method, and inspire the next generation of young scientists. The 2018 WICGC began on March 1, 2018. Participants include 621 middle-school and high-school students as well home-schooled youths ages 11–18 from 21 middle and 26 high schools. Science teacher participation is the highest to date with 19 middle-school and 15 high-school teachers and home-schooling parents. The state-wide competition attracted participants across the state from Menomonie to Luxemburg and from Phillips to Salem. The free contest offers an introduction to solution chemistry, laboratory work, team partnership, a prospect to succeed at a new endeavor, and an opportunity to visit the UW–Madison campus and a flagship Chemistry Department. At the May 18, 2018 award ceremony Chemistry Department chair Prof. Judith Burstyn will communicate the significant role of the department on campus; Prof. John Moore and Luke Oxtoby will give a lecture with chemical demonstrations; guest speaker from CASIS, Dr. Marc Giulianotti will describe the International Space Station and its function in the scientific community. The winners will be recognized with certificates, books, T-shirts, and cash prizes. The six top winners will qualify for the 2018 WI Space Crystal Mission!

Numerous ACS and ACS WI Local Section members have helped with the organization of the contest, whereas industrial and non-profit sponsors provided financial support to this important outreach activity.


Three Teachers Win BCCE Scholarship

Posted on February 22, 2018 at 2:55 PM

Three Wisconsin high school teachers in the ACS Wisconsin Local Section are recipients of scholarships of up to $500 each to attend the 2018 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.The BCCE will be held July 29 through August 2 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

The scholarship recipients are:

Stacey Balbach, STEM Lead Teacher, Cuba City High School, Cuba City

Corinne Fish, Science Teacher, Reedsburg Area High School, Reedsburg

Eric Pantano, Science Teacher, Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart, Madison

2018 Illustrated Poem Contest for Earth Week

Posted on February 22, 2018 at 2:35 PM

Celebrate Earth Week! Earth Week is April 22 - 28 this year. The Wisconsin Section of the American Chemical Society invites you and your fellow teachers to participate in Chemists Celebrate Earth Week.

Student Poetry Contest: Your ACS Local Section is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest related to the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week theme, Dive into Marine Chemistry. Would you and/or other teachers you know be interested? If so, encourage your students to submit an illustrated poem that involves the chemistry of natural waters. And ask other teachers to encourage their students as well.

Details: Click here for details about the contest and an entry form. Feel free to share these links with other teachers who may be interested. The contest has four grade levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Deadline: Submit the illustrated poems by Friday, April 27. Send them to John Moore, at jwmoore@chem.wisc.edu or Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706.

Prizes: If their illustrated poem is a winner, students in the K-2 and 3-5 grades will receive a copy of the book, Eyewitness: Ocean; students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will receive a copy of the book, Pioneers in Marine Science – The People Behind the Science. The illustrated poems receiving the top prize in each category will be forwarded to ACS headquarters. They may be featured on the national ACS web site and win a $300 prize. The Wisconsin Local Section will award the teacher of the top prize winner a copy of the book, The Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson.

Eligibility: Children from all K-12 schools in the Wisconsin Section ACS are eligible. The section includes these Wisconsin counties: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Lafayette, Marquette, Sauk.


Participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad

Posted on February 3, 2018 at 12:20 AM

Highschool teachers - consider encouraging your students to participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad! 

When: Friday, March 9, 2018; Exam begins 4:45pm, Pizza and demonstration at 6:15pm, ending at 7pm

Where: UW-Madison Chemistry Building (Room TBA)

RSVP: Email Matt Bowman (bowman@chem.wisc.edu) by March 5th, 2018

Registration is free and the event is sponsored by the ACS Wisconsin Local Section. The 90 min exam, which comprises 60 questions in multiple-choice format, will be followed by a pizza/soda reception and a chemistry demonstration lecture. Calculators are allowed on the exam, but they cannot be graphing calculators. Past exams are avaiable here.

There will be cash prizes for students gaining the three highest scores on the exam. There is no upper limit on the number of students who can attend, and you are encouraged to send as many of your interested students as possible. As part of University policy, an adult that is not affiliated with the University will need to accompany the students and be there for the event. 

The top four scoring individuals will be invited back to take the full national exam (including multiple choice, short answer, and a lab practical) on Saturday, April 21.

Reminder for All High School Chemistry Teachers: Grants for Summer Conference

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 5:10 PM

The deadline is approaching…

All chemistry teachers in these 10 Wisconsin counties - Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Green Lake,

Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Marquette, and Sauk - are eligible to apply for up to $500 support to attend this

summer’s Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. You don’t have to be a member of ACS to apply!

Who: Chemistry teachers in one of the 10 Wisconsin counties in the ACS Wisconsin Local Section

What: 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE). We will sponsor attendance by two high

school teachers.

Where: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

When: July 29 to August 2, 2018

How: Send in a brief proposal of up to 250 words that states: why you want to attend, what you could

contribute to the conference, and how the conference would help you as a teacher

Deadline: Send your proposal by February 9, 2018 to John Moore (jwmoore@chem.wisc.edu).

  • Strings attached? You need to submit your proposal (discussed above) and agree to submit a brief report after the conference.

More information

Apply now!

Wisconsin Crystal Growing Contest Registration Now Open

Posted on January 4, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Registration for the fifth state-wide Wisconsin Crystal Growing Contest is now open! The competition will take place in March-May 2018. Registration ends Feburary 20th. Register here!

This is a free-to-enter contest for highschool, middle school, and home-schooled students ages 11-18, and science teachers. It is an exciting scientific competition as well as a fun, hands-on experience in science classes.  There are great prizes (cash and books and T-shirts) and a scheduled visit to the UW-Madison campus and Chemistry Department.

All contest details are at http://wicgc.chem.wisc.edu/.

Special Opportunity for High School Chemistry Teachers

Posted on December 22, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Would you like a grant of up to $500 to attend a chemistry education conference next summer?

The 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) will be held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana from July 29 to August 2, 2018. The Wisconsin Section of the American Chemical Society will sponsor two high school teachers to attend the conference. Details about how to apply are attached to this email.

The deadline for applications is February 9, 2018, so act now! More information is available here.


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