Earth Week 2022

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The California Section of the American Chemical Society

Celebrating Earth Week 2022 virtually and in-person

Tri-Valley Innovation Fair – Sunday, March 19, 2022 – ReportPhoto Gallery

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

Glorietta Elementary School Science Fair

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 – Report and Photo Gallery


DATE: Saturday, April 23, 2022
TIME: 2 PM – 5 PM Pacific Time

The California Section of the American Chemical Society hosted a FREE virtual Earth Week event to celebrate the importance of chemistry in everyday life:

The Buzz About BUGS: insect chemistry”

featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations, plus a virtual visit by

ACS President Dr. Angela Wilson.

Watch the Zoom recording HERE.

If you need additional resources, including extra copies of Celebrating Chemistry, please contact the Cal ACS Earth Week Coordinator.

Check out our activity videos: Cool Blue Light – Luminol and Cochineal Dye – Bugs to Dye For

You can also access PDF versions of our presentations:

Cool Blue Light – Luminol and Fireflies

Chemistry of Insects and Plants

Bugs to Dye For – Cochineal Dye

Earth Week Continues with Science Discovery Day at Oracle Park

San Francisco, CA – Sunday, April 24th, 2022 – Report and Photo Gallery

Earth Week Continues with North Bay Science Discovery Day

Santa Rosa, CA – Sunday, May 15th, 2022 – ReportPhoto Gallery

Celebrating Chemistry CCEW 2022

The California Section is sponsoring a digital Illustrated Poem Contest

for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Contest rules HEREEntry Form HERE.
Contest Deadline: Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Prizes: $50 gift certificate to ACS On-line Store or Educational Innovations
Submit entries to the Cal ACS Earth Week Coordinator

For more information, e-mail the Cal ACS Earth Week Coordinator
Winners of California Local Section’s Illustrated Poem Contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and win prizes.

Demonstrate your imagination and creativity in the Build-a-Bug contest! Download the contest graphics, assemble your new insect, give it a name, and submit a screenshot to the Cal ACS Earth Week Coordinator by April 24th.

Learn more about Chemists Celebrate Earth Week and download instructions for safe, fun hands-on science activities and more! 

For additional updates from your local California Section of the ACS, visit our Facebook page and our LinkedIn page. We hope to see you there!

For an in-depth look at insect chemistry, consider:

The Chemistry of Plants and Insects: Plants, Bugs, and Molecules

by former California Section Chair Dr. Margareta Séquin.

Beware the Bombadier Beetle! Bombadier Beetle - BBC

Periodic Graphics by Andy Brunning:

Ant Venom and Pheremones

The Chemistry of Venus Flytraps

Summer Bug Chemistry