The 2002 National Chemistry Week

c  Poster Contest  d

“Chemistry Keeps Us Clean”


For elementary, middle, and high school students






As part of the National Chemistry Week 2002 celebration and in recognition of its theme, "Chemistry Keeps Us Clean," the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring a poster contest for students in grades K-12. 

Students are invited to draw a poster illustrating how chemistry contributes to keeping clean.  Participants might consider carrying out the theme by using topics such as the following:

          c     Chemistry's Contributions to Everyday Cleaning

         c      Hand-washed vs. Dry-cleaned Clothes

         c      Past vs. Present Cleaning Practices

         c      Soaps and Detergents

         c      Household Cleaning

         c      Cleaning Our Communities

         c      The Recycling Process

         c      Nature's Role in Cleaning the Environment

         c      Keeping Us Clean

         c      Cleaning and Health Care

         c      Cleaning solutions

         c      Cleaning Food

         c      Cleanliness in the Marketplace




Winners will be selected in each of the following categories:

·        K – 2nd grade

·        3rd – 5th grade

·        6th – 8th grade

·        9th – 12th grade



Entry Guidelines

·         Contest is open to all students in the Brazos Valley.  If you have a question concerning the eligibility of a student, please call/e-mail Dr. Keeney-Kennicutt (contact info below).

·         Posters must be no larger than 14 x 22 inches in size or on standard poster board.  Entries on foam board will not be accepted.

·         Entries must be drawn using crayons, paint, colored pencils or markers

·         Only one entry per student will be accepted

·         All entries must have the following information included on the back of the poster: Texas A&M University local section, student’s name, grade, home address, telephone number, name of school, teacher's name, and school telephone number

·         Posters and descriptions must be submitted by December 15, 2002
to:               Dr. Wendy L. Keeney-Kennicutt
                   Coordinator, National Chemistry Week

                        Department of Chemistry

                        Texas A&M University

                        College Station, TX  77843-3255



·         All posters become the property of the American Chemical Society

·         Acceptance of prizes constitutes consent to use winners’ names, likenesses and entries for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes


Entries will be judged based upon:

·         Originality and Creativity

·         Relevance to and incorporation of theme

·         Visual Impact and Neatness

The winning poster in each grade category at the local level will be submitted to the ACS (American Chemical Society) Office of Community Activities in Washington, DC.  All posters will be displayed during the 225th ACS national meeting in New Orleans, LA March 23-27, 2003.  One winner and one honorable mention will be selected in each category.



Local Winners (one in each category)

          c $100 Savings Bond

Honorable Mentions (one in each category)

          c $50 Savings Bond

All entrants will receive a certificate of appreciation for the work and effort spent on her/his poster.  We will put the winners on the website.

          National Winners

                   c Digital Camera

          National Honorable Mentions

                   c Handheld Talk-About 2-way Radio

Every child in the surrounding area is invited to participate.  If you have any more questions, contact me, Dr. Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt, at the above numbers.