Oct. 23–24, 2015
To celebrate National Chemistry Week, the Science Center invites students to explore a future in the field of chemistry. Explore the reasons why chemistry "matters" through hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, and exciting presentations.
On Friday, high school students are invited to ChemFest Career Café, a fast-paced introduction to chemistry careers in an informal setting. They can check out dazzling demos, enjoy café-style beverages, and chat with industry professionals. Limited capacity, pre-registration required.
The local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has sponsored ChemFest at Carnegie Science Center since 1999. In its first 15 years, nearly 75,000 people attended. On average, more than 1,000 students from underserved schools attend annually, thanks to the support of the ACS. The ACS also coordinates the participation of approximately 300 volunteers from numerous corporations to staff the event each year, sharing their expertise as chemists. Over the years, the local ACS has won 12 awards from the national ACS for this event.
Onsite partners include: Allegheny College Chemii Club, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Ashland Inc., ASM Golden Triangle Chapter, Assemble Bayer Corporation, Bidwell Training Center, California University of Pennsylvania Chemistry Club, Carlow University ACS, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Dept. of Chemical Engineering/CPS Program, Carnegie STEM Girls, Clarion University ACS, Duquesne University ACS & Alpha Chi Sigma, Franciscan University of Steubenville Chemistry Club, Geneva College, Greater Pittsburgh Area Women Chemists Committee, Indiana University of Pennsylvania ACS, MEET-U (Drake Well Museum/ Mobile Energy Education Training Unit), Mr. Waterheater, NOVA Chemicals, PA Cyber Charter School, PPG Industries, Inc., Robert Morris University, SACP Student Affiliates, Saint Vincent College Chemistry Club, Seton Hill University Chemistry Club, Slippery Rock University Chemistry Club, Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, Thermo Fisher Scientific, U.S. Office of Surface Mining, University of Pittsburgh ACS, Valspar, Waynesburg University ACS, WISH 99.7 Radio, and Younger Chemists Committee.
ChemFest, a celebration of National Chemistry Week, is presented by Ashland, Inc.