Mathangi Krishnamurthy, NCW Coordinator
The Central Massachusetts division of the American Chemical Society organized two events for National Chemistry Week in October, 2014. One event was held at the Discovery Museum in Acton, MA on October 19th and another event was held at the McKay Arts Academy in Fitchburg, MA on October 21st. At both events we demonstrated two activities (Chemical Chameleon and Density column) based on this year’s theme “Sweet side of Chemistry- Candy”. Student volunteers from the Biology and Chemistry department at Fitchburg State University actively participated and assisted in performing these activities for National Chemistry week. Here is a list of student volunteers who helped us during National Chemistry week:
1. David Koch
2. Idanis Alcantara
3. Yanarilitsa Rosario
4. Robert Pijewski
We would also like to thank Ms. Jessica Studolski, eighth grade science teacher at McKay Arts Academy in Fitchburg, MA for helping us perform these activities for eight grade students in her class.
The Central Massachusetts division of the American Chemical Society organized the CCED-2014 Illustrated Poem contest based on the theme “Wonders of Water”. We received over 300 entries from schools in the Central Massachusetts region. The winners of the regional contests were:
First place – Anoushk Yadav, Florence Roche School
Second place – Grace Lavalley, Oakham Center School and Norah Wilson, Oakham Center School
Third place – Jahlynia Hutchinson, Oakham Center School
First place – Paige Irving, Whitin Elementary School, Nick Kirby, Millville Elementary School and Julia Normandin, Millville Elementary School
Second place- Hannah Langevin, Dudley Elementary School and Bo Lane Smith, Oakmeadow School
Third place – Zophia Cherrier, Douglas Elementary School, Caroline Sanford, Whitin Elementary School and Kayla Brooks, Whitin Elementary School
First place- Shayla Keane, Mountview Middle School
Second place- Ambar Hammond, Mountview Middle School
Third place- Daniel Manter, Mountview Middle School, Kaylie Silva, Douglas Middle School and Sara Finnegan, Douglas Middle School
First place- Eduardo Perez, North High School and Ashley Nikosey, North High School
One of our winners, Julia Normandin of Millville Elementary School won the second place in the national contests for grades 3-5.
The awards presentation ceremony for the poetry contest was held at Fitchburg State University on May 27th. More than 100 students from local schools along with their families and teachers participated in this event. Ms. Susan Edwards, producer of the documentary “Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000” spoke about the life and achievements of Marion Stoddart and the pivotal role she played in cleaning the Nashua river.
We would like to thank the following volunteers who served as judges for this contest: Dr. Margaret Hoey, Dr. Aisling O’Connor, Dr. Erin Rehrig, Dr. Lisa Grimm, Dr. Daniel Welsh, Dr. Jack Ludlam, Dr. Christopher Masi, Dr. Mark Turnbull, Mr. Ian Murray, Ms Bobbie Lamont, Ms. Susan Edwards, Ms Bonnie Cook, Ms Catherine Karp and Ms. Cola Parker.