Why chemistry matters and chemistry’s impact on everyday life
Chemistry is all around us. It’s in the autumn leaves as they turn from green to red and gold. It’s in the blueberry muffins baking in the oven. Chemistry happens when we mix soap and water to clean our hands. It’s even there when we light a flame in the fire pit.
How can chemistry be all of those different things? Simple! Chemistry studies matter and its interactions with other matter and energy. And matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. That’s why chemistry matters!
From lab to life: Celebrating National Chemistry Week and its relevance
National Chemistry Week (NCW) runs from October 15-21. This week is set aside to promote the importance of chemistry in everyday life. The theme is “The Healing Power of Chemistry,” shining a spotlight on chemistry's role in the medical world. From blood and tissue samples tested in labs and vaccine development to the medicine we take to ease headaches, chemistry is the foundation for medical advances.
The theme celebrates the efforts and achievements of medical professionals working to discover innovations and solutions in the healthcare community. Scientists use chemistry to find ways to prevent, fight, and heal the body and preventative strategies to stay healthy.
Inspire young minds and student engagement with these National Chemistry Week ideas
Observe a chemical reaction with and without a catalyst. Determine the effects of concentration, temperature, surface area, and catalysts on reaction rates.
Using experiments and simulations to help your students learn more about chemistry might motivate them to take their studies to the next level. Maybe one of them will
become a scientist and make a difference using “The Healing Power of Chemistry.”
Make chemistry come alive for your students in grades 3+ with
Gizmos virtual simulations.