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National Chemistry Week Poster Contest

As part of every National Chemistry Week (NCW) celebration, the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors a national poster contest for students in Kindergarten – Grade 12. The theme for the 2010 contest is “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry,” which celebrates the chemistry in movies, set design, makeup artistry, and common special effects. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their creative abilities and to appreciate the chemical concepts that explain the special effects seen in movies. Students in all schools (public, private, parochial, etc.) or home schooled students are eligible to participate.

General Contest Information

Theme

Students should create a poster that celebrates the 2010 theme “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry!” The poster should be fun, motivational, informative, and inspire students to learn about the chemistry of the special effects used in movies and television. Students should consider the roles that chemistry can play in productions such as common special effects, makeup artistry, and movie set design and materials. Examples of previous poster contest themes and winners and more information on the theme are available below.

2010 Categories

  • Grades K – 2nd
  • Grades 3rd – 5th
  • Grades 6th – 8th
  • Grades 9th – 12th

Prizes

The top two posters in each category of the national contest will receive cash awards. First place winners receive $100 and second place winners receive $50. There are also prizes for teachers of the winning students!

Contest Rules and Guidelines

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

The deadline for this extra credit assignment is Thursday, October 14th, 2010. (Extra credit will range from 1 to 3 points added to AVERAGE).

All posters must be:

  • No larger than 14 x 22 inches.
  • Original works by the student without aid from others.
  • Hand-drawn using crayons, paint, colored pencils or markers.
  • On poster boards (Entries submitted on foam board will not be accepted).
  • Each entry must have the 2010 Contest Entry Form completely filled and attached to the back of the poster. Entries lacking complete and legible information will not be considered.

Past National Chemistry Week (NCW) Poster Contest Winners

NCW poster contests have been held since 1990. Winners include four first place and four second place students annually.

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