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Canada's 10th anniversary celebrations of National Chemistry Week/Semaine nationale de la chimie brought public awareness of chemistry to communities across the nation.

Canadians celebrated National Chemistry Week/Semaine nationale de la chimie (NCW/SNC)'s 10th year with a bang. Elementary and high schools, colleges and universities alike put on demonstrations, open houses and quizzes or simply talked about chemical related issues from October 18-24, 1998. As has become the tradition, in this article, volunteers from across the country tell their own stories of how they made an impact on the public through local events.


St. John's: Notices were sent to local schools with information about NCW/SNC and possible activities by Memorial University's (MUN) department of chemistry. Several schools decided to organize their own events. International Mole Day was a big hit at some schools.

Chemistry made a major contribution to the Faculty of Science Open (MAD) House held in the MUN Student Centre. Over 3,000 students with their teachers bused into St. John's from all over the Avalon peninsula. As usual the 'liquid nitrogen, dry ice' demonstration was the big hit. It was certainly messy with bits of crushed lettuce, wieners, bananas and rubber gloves (six boxes) on the floor. Reactions with chemicals from the kitchen and the exploding hydrogen bubbles were also very popular and messy. Other exhibits were: lasers and spectroscopy, kitchen chemicals, and chromatography. There were plenty of hand outs which described simple experiments that can be done at home. Pocket periodic tables were provided to all MUN chemistry students. It was a long day and often seemed like a madhouse but the volunteers at the exhibits probably had as much fun as the visitors.

Port Saunders: Students of Roncalli High School, in a small community of 876, took part in NCW/SNC. The school is for students who live in smaller communities along the western coast of Newfoundland. Mole Day is always a highlight at the school with a 6:02 a.m. ceremony on the 23rd day of the 10th month, including a birthday party in the lab with juice and cookies. Competitions, songs and other mole activities were plentiful.

Corner Brook: This is now the eleventh year of the Grenfell College chemistry essay competition for high school students in western Newfoundland and coastal Labrador. Grenfell began this "promotion of chemistry," as part of the American National Chemistry Week celebrations. The 1998 topic was 'My Favorite Chemical Compound' and the entries included essays on such compounds as water, ammonia, salt, acetylcholine, TNT, ethanol, PTFE, sugar, nitric acid, zinc oxide, and propane. It is interesting how topics change with time. This year, dinitrogen oxide became a sudden top 10 member while the appearance of LSD and cocaine might have more ominous implications. The 1998 competition winner was Heidi Brake, a student at Pasadena Academy, Pasadena, who wrote on sodium hydrogen carbonate. Brake's essay was unique in that she conducted an experiment with the compound, rather than just write about it. Second prize was awarded to Amy Beth Bromley of Harriet Curtis Collegiate, St. Anthony, a school on the tip of the northern peninsula of Newfoundland. Her topic was epinephrine. It is interesting that some of the best essays are derived from personal experiences: in the case of Bromley, her elder brother suffered from allergic reactions and epinephrine has proved to be his saviour on many occasions. Third prize winner was also a student at Pasadena Academy, Nadine Smith, who wrote on cyanides.

This is now the third year that students have been using websites as citations. Previously the references were arcane and of little relevance but now web materials are playing a major role in this competition. In particular, web searches are reducing the gap in information resources between the urban and rural schools. For example, Bromley found an image of the epinephrine molecule at the Wellesley College Chemistry 101 website.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown: The department of chemistry at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and the UPEI Student Chemistry Society hosted a number of events. The Student Society participated in the Clubs' Night at UPEI, where they had a booth featuring a number of chemical demonstrations. A breakfast, which was surprisingly well attended for its rather early hour, was held at a local restaurant to celebrate International Mole Day. Michael Baird, FCIC of the department of chemistry at Queen's University, visited the UPEI department, meeting faculty and students. He also delivered an entertaining and informative research lecture.

NCW/SNC celebrations ended with an open house. Children of all ages enjoyed the chemical demonstrations, especially the always popular slime, and this year's new event featuring a chemist's method for making orange juice. Tours highlighting the modern teaching and research facilities of the K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre were also conducted. The open house was well attended despite being held on the first sunny and dry Saturday of the fall.

Nova Scotia

Halifax: The biology and chemistry departments of Mount Saint Vincent University hosted two grade 6 classes from Rockingham Elementary School. Biology, and chemistry each hosted one class, then switched for the next period. In chemistry, there was a full program of entirely hands-on activities such as making slime, understanding endothermic and exothermic reactions, making an acid/base indicator out of red cabbage juice and understanding the absorbing capability of Pampers. Posters and other materials were distributed to the teachers and each student went away with a fuzzy furkin, a saucy creature complete with miniature safety goggles.

The Dalhousie University Chemistry Department participated in two outreach activities. The week got off to an early start when Chris McDonald (a fourth-year Honours Chemistry student) and Mary Anne White, FCIC appeared at 7:15 a.m. Monday morning on Breakfast TV. They both learned how daft, cult it is to look perky at that hour, especially when the sign on the front door of ATV says "guests enter at rear", and the sign at the back says "guests enter at front door"! Nevertheless, they wowed the early-morning audience across the Maritimes with a discussion of 'Chemistry in our Lives', including silly putty and the super-absorbent material in diapers. When they later watched the tape (the show is done live), they found that the other co-host used the introduction to the next article to tell the audience how much she did not like science.

Later in the week, Robert Guy helped two very young audiences learn more about interactions of light with matter. The examples covered the range from microwave ovens to fireworks to fireflies. These talks were part of the educational programs at the Bedford and Spryfield public libraries. The audiences, which totalled over 50 students and teachers, especially liked the coloured flames and the NCW/SNC material.

Wolfville: Acadia University participated by organizing crystal growing competitions in several local schools. The best crystals were produced by East Pictou Rural High School. They submitted a beautiful crystal, which, although small, was sufficient to place eighth nationwide. NCW/SNC material and information were also featured during the university's open house in November.

New Brunswick

Moncton: Students from local high schools were again challenged when Universite de Moncton hosted the regional Crystal Growing Competition.

Shippagan: Le comite organisateur compose de professeur(e)s et d'etudiant(e)s de l'Universite de Moncton - campus de Shippagan a soulignd le 10e annee de SNC/NCW de facon speciale. A l'ordre du jour de cette semaine, de nombreuses activites ont ete organisees du 18 au 24 octobre 1998. La semaine avait debute le 19 octobre par le montage par des etudiantes en sciences de la sante aides de quelques professeurs d'un kiosque soulignant la SNC/NCW et la semaine des sciences. Le kiosque avait ete installe au niveau de la passerelle. Au meme endroit et durant route la semaine s'est tenue une exposition des affiches en couleurs ayant pour theme 'Ressources et exploitations des oceans'. Cette exposition nous apprend que l'ocean occupe 71% de la surface du globe; de tout temps il a fascine les hommes et assure une grande part de leur subsistance. Grace aux techniques modernes employees aujourd'hui, on decouvre sans cesse de nouvelles richesses encore inexploitees; l'exposition qui lui est consacree nous les fait decouvrir: petrole (photos de forages et de plates-formes), granulats, nodules polymetalliques et minerais divers (vues de fond marins). Une large part de l'exposition est consacree a la peche et a l'aquaculture. Plusieurs affiches temoignent des progres rapides de l'oceanographie, science relativement recente. Quelques documents, plus dramatiques, rappellent les effets de la pollution marine et les catastrophes survenues dans ce domaine. Signalons que du materiel fourni par la Societe canadienne de chimie et portant sur la SNC/NCW et la semaine des sciences avait ete envoye par les professeur(e)s de sciences de l'Universite de Moncton a Shippagan aux ecoles de Shippagan pont qu'ils puissent souligner a leur niveau ces deux evenements nationaux importants.

Daniel Hetu, MCIC, preseuta a la Radio CKRO, une emission de 30 minutes consacree a la SNC/NCW et a la semaine des sciences. Le 20 octobre, une trentaine d'etudiant(e)s et quelques professeurs se sont rassembles a l'auditorium du pavillon des sciences du campus pour la conference 'Sommes-nous seuls dans l'univers?' prononcee par Francois Pouliot, ancien ambassadeur du Canada en Algerie et astronome amateur du Club d'astronomie de Shippagan. Pouliot parlera des crovances et les decouvertes concernant l'univers de l'antiquite jusqu'a nos jours. Il presentas les mehodes utilises par les astronomes pour trouver des nouvelles planetes ainsi que des techniques physico-chimiques pour analyser la composition des astres et detecter s'il y a de la vie dans l'univers. Les activites se sont poursuivies avec une table ronde sur les manipulations genetiques ayant pour theme 'la brebis, l'ethique et l'argent'. Les participants a cette table ronde furent: Jacques Robiehaud (physique); Yahia Djaoued, MCIC (chimie); Khaled Abed (biologic); Etienne Hache (philosophie); Valois Robichaud (gerontologie et humaniste); et Marie-May Paulin (religieuse). La table ronde debuta par une conference du Abed, qui expliqua le protocole suivit par l'equipe Ecossaise, en meltant l'emphase sur leur principale realisation qui est la remise a l'etat de totipotence une cellule deja differenciee ainsi que le principales applications medico-pharmaceutiques et biotechnologiques de la manipulation genetique. Ensuite, chacun des panelistes donna son point de vue sur les manipulations genetiques en generale et sur le clonage en particulier. Les manipulations genetiques sont aujourd'hui un domaine aux immenses enjeux economiques et scientifiques.

Les activites se sont poursuivies jeudi a 18h00 par une rencontre sociale etudiant(e)s en sciences et professeur(e)s. Environ 80 etudiaut(e)s out participe au 'party des sciences', qui etait un succes sans precedent. Les participants ainsi que le comite organisateur s'accrdent pour dire que les etudient(e)s en sciences de l'Universite de Moneton - Campus de Shippagau etaient au rendez-vous pour celebrer le dixieme anniversaire de la SNC/NCW. L'evenement fur une reussite totale.

Saint John: The chemical technology students of New Brunswick Community College - Saint John campus hit the malls and classrooms to take chemistry to the community in celebration of SNC/NCW. The students researched a number of experiments and activities aimed at young people. Once the experiments were tested for educational value and safety, they packed up the best and headed for a local shopping centre where they entertained both young and old. Next was East Saint John Elementary School where college and elementary students explored chemistry through some fun hands-on experiments. The students played in magic mud, fished for ice and studied the properties of oils and water.

The Student Chapter of the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) also demonstrated their public spirit by participating in a beach clean up.

St. George: Students at Fundy High School were busy celebrating the Week. Posters were hung, balloons blown up and spirits were high! Every day during the noon hour in the cafeteria lobby students from the grade 11 and grade 12 chemistry classes were performing chemistry magic. They set up a table in the front lobby on a platform so that the audience could easily see the procedures taking place. Volunteers were chosen from the audience to help with the magic. Examples of the events include: gellogigglers, volcanic rock, a milky breath contest, rocket science and bouncy balls. Every day the number of spectators grew as the enthusiasm was contagions. Chemistry is fun was the message for the week!!

Students also looked forward to the daily question and their chance to win a prize for their correct answer. On Friday, the chemistry classes concluded NCW/SNC by celebrating Mole Day, making chocolate chip cookies following "The Chemical Engineer's Recipe" published in the 1997 issue of Discover Canadian Chemistry/Pleins feux sur la chimie. The cookies were a definite hit and were enjoyed by all. Students are already busy suggesting new ideas and planning for next year's event.


Quebec: Universite Laval faculty and students were active for NCW/SNC celebrations. Promotional material was handed out to students over the course of the week. High school students also submitted their crystals for the regional judging for Quebec's Crystal Growing Competition.

Chicoutimi: This was another successful year for students from the Saguenay region. Students rated number five in the National Crystal Growing Competition.

Sherbrooke: Le 10e Colloque annuel des etudiants et etudiantes de premier cycle en chimie a ete lieu a l'Universite de Sherbrooke. Le colloque permet aux etudiant(e)s de 1er cycle de presenter leurs travaux effectues en milieu de travail ou en milieu universitaire devant leurs paires. Cette activite regroupe des conferenciers du 1er cycle de plusieurs nniversites quebecoise et c'est un evenement a l'echelle provinciale.

Montreal: Concordia University organized a Science and Technology Exhibition involving all of the science departments and several of the engineering departments. Chemistry was one of the main features of this exhibition. The demonstrations were, as much as possible, 'hands-on', so that the visitors could get an intimate appreciation of chemistry.

There was a demonstration of molecular modelling, and the visitors were able to ask for specific molecules to be projected on the screen. A few experiments involving colour changes seemed to fascinate the younger visitors, especially the one where they could effect a change by blowing through a straw, but they were also attracted to imploding drink cans, that illustrated Boyle's Law. A very popular experiment involved liquid nitrogen, and the most appealing demo was the making of 'instant ice cream', and all of the visitors, young and old lined up for a spoonful. Other experiments with liquid nitrogen were the freezing of rubber, fruit and a collapsing balloon.

Overall there about 1,500 visitors, both young and older, so that a large variety of people were exposed to some of the wonders of chemistry. The chemistry exhibit is always one of the most popular of the exhibition. The students doing the demonstrations appeared to enjoy themselves as much, if not more, than the visitors. All in all, a very successful event.

Sigma Xi, the Canadian Interdisciplinanry Society, coordinated all the celebrations. Monday, the Sigma Xi Lecture was on the 'Chemistry. of Plants: The Genome Project in Barley'. During the lecture, Dianne Mather of Macdonald College explained how the genomes in barley were millions of times more than those of humans and that already they had identified enough to improve rust resistance and achieve roasting improvements to make brewing and feed more efficient and financially rewarding.

Next, the McGill Chemical Society focused on the 'Chemistry of Samples: Sub and Supercritical Fluid Methods of Sample Preparation' delivered by K. Thurbride of PAPRICAN, where he described the methods of extraction metals such as Mn from pulp samples using supercritical CO2 (carbon dioxide). On Wednesday came the 'Chemistry of Water: Le Baillett Water Filtration Plant' where the McGill University Student Chapter of the Ordre des chimistes du Quebec organized a visit to the water works and learned that there was less chlorine in the city water than in most bottled water! Also, 'Chemistry. of Religion: Science and Religion in the Twenty First Century' was presented by M.A. Whitehead, FCIC, to a standing room only audience and two and a half hours of discussion followed.

The Canadian Authors Association invited Whitehead to address them in the evening on 'Chemistry and Literacy: Scientific Writing in Quebec' in which he gave examples of his scientific and historical writing and examples of his editing of undergraduate research reports. The audience was fascinated by the whole concept of communicating abstract ideas to a general audience.

The McGill inorganic discussions considered 'Chemistry of Materials: Synthesis and Theory' given by D. Lafrance and I. Vargas-Baca. Their lecture considered the surface reactions and preparation of self-assembling tin polymers on silica and like surfaces.

Thursday brought the 'Chemistry of Electrons: Applied Electrochemistry and Important Research Areas' given by Daniel Belanger, MGIC, from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal. He discussed the future of battery design, power production and the need for chemists in research in electrochemistry.

Immediately afterward, the McGill undergraduate CSC Student Chapter organized 'Chemistry of the Brain: Otto Maass squares' in which nine professors were pitted against Joe Schwartz, Question Master and two students to decide whether the professors answers were right or wrong! It was hysterically funny and packed the largest lecture theater for an hour! The students usually chose the wrong answers as correct because the professors were good at spinning probable answers which were completely wrong!

Friday saw and heard the 'Chemistry of Explosives: From Black Powder to Space' given by Ariel Fenster, MGIC, to a wildy enthusiastic audience which was thrilled by bangs, smells, brilliant colours and the succeeding smoke and odour which filled the lecture room. Finally, the 'Chemistry of Analysis: The Omically Heated PseudoFluidised Bed Reactor; the Ultimate Device for Solid Sample Analysis?' by Jan Hamer dealt with the introduction of samples into spectrometers, transport problems and high salt solution handling. The building was decorated with NCW/SNC posters and helium filled balloons.

Three essay competitions were organized by the McGill undergraduate chemistry students. Winners received NCW/SNC t-shirts, magnets, periodic charts and, courtesy of Whitehead, inscribed books on physical and quantum chemistry. The winning essays were: 'Applied Chemistry; Why?' by Noam Ship, 'On Questioning the use of Applied Chemistry' by Delphine Farmer, and 'The Ballad of The Flies and Kevin McClung' by Heather Flegg. The events hit the Reporter, The Gazette and all the student papers. It was a wild and fun week!

Students and parents visited Dawson College on the final weekend of NCW/SNC to learn about programs in chemistry and chemical technology. Demonstrations and a chemistry magic show were presented.


For a second year in a row, Ontario schools suffered from strikes and teacher lockouts in the elementary and secondary schools. In spite of this, many schools still managed to hold activities showing their true dedication to the profession.

Kanata: Les eleves de la classe de 4ieme annee a l'Ecole W.O. Mitchell ont fait des molecules d'eau et des crystaux en utilisant des jujubes et des cure-dents sous la direction d'une compagne de classe, Nicole Haddadian. Cette activiste visuelle, pratique et tres appetissante etait une facon amusante d'apprendre h propos de la chimie.

Ottawa: The Ottawa CIC Local Section concentrated on two activities this year. One was the crystal growing competition. Thirteen crystals were judged and for the third year in a row Ecole Secondaire Grande Riviere came first (third in the national judging). De La Salle and Mother Teresa High Schools came second and third, respectively.

For the first year, the display for the general public was held at the National Museum of Science and Technology. Exhibitors included The Chemical Institute of Canada, Department of National Defence, University, of Ottawa, Carleton University and Adventures in Science and Engineering Camps. The youth camp was the popular booth. Children were invited to make slime and bouncing balls which they could take home as a souvenir.

Kingston: NCW/SNC at Queen's University was a fun and exciting week. Throughout the week, chemistry students from Queen's gave chemistry demonstrations to various public schools around town. Of the many demoustrations given, the most popular were the 'Methylene Blue Oxidation and Reduction of Glucose', 'Cold Light', and the 'Use of Red Cabbage Juice as an Indicator for pH'. The demonstrations were well received by the children and many of them expressed their new found interest in chemistry to the demonstrators.

On the Monday, Donald Weaver, FCIC gave a hilarious talk on 'Why anyone would want to study chemistry'. His great sense of humour and his funny anecdotes made the evening enjoyable for all who attended.

The week ended on the Friday with a pub crawl through some of Kingston's popular pubs. What good is a celebration without a bit of [C.sub.2][H.sub.5]OH?

Deep River: The regional Crystal Growing Competition was the major focus for the Deep River CIC Local Section volunteers.

Sudbury: For several years now the Sudbury CIC Section has collaborated with Laurentian University as their open house falls during NCW/SNC. This coincidence of timing benefits both parties as the CIC demonstrations and information booth contribute to the university's chemistry program and vice versa. The promotion and advertising for public participation brings a select audience of many interested students to the booth.

Espanola: Activities taking place at Ecole secondaire Espanola are reported here in French and English written by two of the students, Steven Piche and April Harmer.

Le 19 au 22 octobre etait true semaine fantastique, pleine d'eclats, changements et surprises. C'etait la NCW/SNC! Pendant cette semaine plusieurs eleves ont participe a organiser un spectacle de chimie et puis le presenter aux eleves de la 9ieme, 10ieme et 11ieme annee de l'Ecole secondaire Espanola.

Durant le spectacle chaque representant presentait leur experience. En tout, il y avait Samantha Budge qui demontrait sa <<fontaine d'amour>> (fontaine d'ammoniac); Kyla Marcoux avec ses <<boules de feux>> (hydrogene collectionne dans des hallons); aussi il y avait Steven Piche qui presentait <<la bombe de cannette de Pringles>> (hydrogene); Renee Rivet et le <<nuage en champignon fantastique>> (poudre de zinc + soufre); Julie Theriault qui a demontre ses <<roches magiques>> (carbure de calcium + eau) et enfin il y avait Caroline Demers clui a bien presente les <<bonhonunes manges>> (nitrate d'argent + cuivre) et les <<eclairs sous l'eau>> (acide sulfirique + alcool + permanganate de potassium).

Pendant que ces chimistes juniors preparaient leurs experiences, les eleves attendaient avec anticipation. Une fois que les demonstrations commencerent, les visages des eleves s'allumaient avec plaisir. Le spectacle s'est deroule presque parfaitement, avec aucune interruption. Notre but a fini avec le succes, les jeunes ont ete stupefies au maximum.

Grace a M. Jean et M. Naples, MCIC, deux professeurs de chimie superbes, on a pn comprendre comment certaines substances reagissent avec d'autres et comprendre leur produits. Ceci exigea quand meme une semaine de preparation apres les heures de classe. Pour nous, les chimistes juniors, la facon que les experiences ont allume les visages des jeunes, nous dit qu'on a fait true bonne <<job>>.

On October 21, six chemistry students form Ecole secondaire Espanola got to perform chemistry demonstrations in front of their classmates. These were as follows: 1. mushroom cloud: powdered zinc and sulphur were placed in a pile on an asbestos pad. The two powders were heated with a bunsen burner and in a matter of a few seconds all observer's eyes opened wide as a thick green cloud appeared in a form of a mushroom similar to an atomic explosion. This demonstration was performed by Renee Rivet, a grade 11 student. 2. the 'flare' demonstration, performed by Samantha Budge, combined three different powders; potassium nitrate, sucrose and strontium nitrate, placed in a procelain crucible. This reaction was initiated by adding two drops of concentrated sulfuric acid. The observers were astonished by the crimson flame that appeared and its prolonged ignition. 3. precipitation reactions were demonstrated by Julie Therigwle. She combined two solutions: lead nitrate and potassium iodide in a large beaker. in an instant, the combined solutions appeared yellow. There was a big response from the class. 4. The hydrogen bomb was demonstrated by Steven Piche by using a Pringle can to collect hydrogen gas from a generator coutaining zinc and hydrochloric acid. A candle tied to a metre stick was lit and placed over a tiny hole located at the top of the can. In a few seconds, a deafening explosion ensued. This astounded the many observers who milled around the classroom.

Observing the excitement and reactions of the observers and the participants gave the students a feeling that they had been involved in a truly great learning experience. It left them with quite an impression of what chemistry with a 'flare' is all about. Toronto: The Toronto CIC/CSChE Local Section again began NCW/SNC with a Downtown Toronto Chemistry Walk. The walkers took a look at the chemistry of building materials of some of the historic stone, polychrome brick, and cast iron buildings of old Toronto, as well as modern concrete structures such as the CN Tower. The appalling effect of acid rain on the concrete and ironwork of the road and rail bridges was observed, and the sites of the old gasworks and early wells were visited. The chemistry of some of the downtown murals, and the scenes they depict, were also discussed.

The Section also ran a Crystal Growing Competition for local schools. This year, most of the competing schools started late, as there were difficulties with the local teachers' action, so the crystals were not, in fact, ready by October 18. The top crystal was, nevertheless, a magnificent specimen, of particularly good quality for its size, and won prizes for students Stephanie Ingraldi, Vilija Petranskas, and Victoria Smith, and their teacher Bill Bagley from De La Salle College Oaklands. Their winning crystal was sent on to the National Competition. The second prize was awarded for the biggest crystal in the Section and it went to students Jin Soo Kaug, David Tran, Kevin Chang, and Nick Galatianos, and their teacher Rado Krevs, from Brebeuf College High School.

The Toronto Section also organized presentations about NCW/SNC activities to high school chemistry teachers at the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario conference in November. Leslie Barton, MCIC gave a slide show and talk on the Downtown Toronto Chemistry Walk; she also joined Len Walker, MCIC and Chris Young, MCIC (the National Crystal Competition coordinator) in a presentation about the Crystal Growing Competition.

Port Colborne: Delicious, delicious, delicious! Those were the words echoed by the chemistry students at Lakeshore Catholic High School when they made their vanilla-chocolate liquid nitrogen ice cream. They already have orders in for next year! Students in chemistry also enjoyed demonstrations for the week. The chemistry trivia contest involving the elements is still a popular event along with the guess the number of molecules in a flask contest. The NCW/SNC t-shirts were enjoyed by all! Students look forward to finding out ideas new in chemistry on the school announcements and this year the school's display cases portrayed chemical industries, element adventure story pictures and aspects of crystal growing. The motto of the class is "Chemists make the best mixers!"

London: The Chemistry Society at The University of Western Ontario celebrated the Week by sponsoring an interactive and informative chemistry display at London's Westmount Mall on October 18 in conjunction with Let's Talk Science and their National Science and Technology Week program. This program circulates among the three largest malls in London on an annual basis.

Chemistry's display was meant to show the public that chemistry is everywhere in our daily lives, and to try to dismiss some of the negative attitudes many have toward 'chemicals'. Building the department's reputation (and expectations from the kids), the ever popular "let's make slime" and polymer information was the focus on the interactive experiments. A computer assisted 'sniff and tell' game, written by Robin Martin, MCIC of the department, was also available. Here participants were asked to sniff a particular pleasantly smelling compound and guess the smell. Choosing the correct smell by clicking on an appropriate computer image gave the chemical structure of the compound, a space filling model and information on the substance uses. Granted that this game usually kept the parents and grandparents busy while their little ones made SLIME (sometimes several batches!). Several tens of litres of polyvinyl alcohol and borax solutions were used during the day that is one enormous slime ball!

Over 30 undergraduate, graduate and faculty volunteers involved the kids and explained the experiments. The UWO Chemical Society and the department of chemistry jointly funded the cost of the slime and display.

The week prior to NCW/SNC, the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology celebrated it's 25th anniversary with a special symposium for chemical technology students at the 48th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in London. The event brought together 167 students and their professors from several colleges in the Toronto corridor to hear three keynote speakers and 11 technical presentations.

Windsor: Following the London conference, student membership drives took place at St. Clair College. Also, during the week the students held a bake sale and 50/50 draw. The department hosted a welcome luncheon for year one and two students.

Thunder Bay: Christine Gottard, MCIC; Stephen Kinrade; and Manit Rappon, MCIC, faculty members and students from the Chemistry Club of Lakehead University, took their chemistry shows to three local high schools in Thunder Bay. They gave a short talk to each class that participated about the general roles of chemistry in society. This was followed by a set of tested demonstrations. The students seemed to enjoy the visit to the extent that some would like a return visit next year. The help of students from the Chemistry Club made it possible to take the shows to more schools and the success of the shows would not have been possible without their active and enthusiastic participation.


Winnipeg: The Manitoba CIC Local Section was fortunate this year to have hosted the 1998 E. Gordon Young Lectures (a lectureship which is hosted by a different Local Section annually). This year's lecturer was David Dolphin, FCIC, a professor in the department of chemistry at the University of British Columbia, who is also affiliated with QLT PhotoTherapeutics Inc., a Canadian biotechnology company that is developing light-activated treatments for cancer and other diseases. Dolphin enthralled and enlightened audiences at Brandon University, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Manitoba between October 21 and 23. Both the non-specialist 'From Vampires and Werewolves: a Cure for Cancer and Other Diseases Using Photodynamic Therapy' and the specialist talk 'Porphyrins and Polypyrrolic Compounds as Catalysts and Supramolecular Assemblies' were greatly appreciated by the audiences. Dolphin also described the use of porphyrin systems in electrodes for fuel cells, as catalysts for the conversion of atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia, and described his work on the development of synthetic analogs of enzymes to degrade wood fibre.

In celebration of the Week, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements in chemistry and biochemistry by students in Manitoba, the Local CIC Section held Student Awards Night on October 29, on the campus of the University of Manitoba. The evening began with a reception which included refreshments and a cash bar. Awards and scholarships, including several from the CIC, were presented to undergraduate and graduate students from Brandon University and the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg. Frank Hruska, FCIC, from the University of Manitoba, then presented a very entertaining lecture entitled 'Chemistry - Man Hu?'. As they were to learn this means "Chemistry - What is It"? Hruska answered the question by weaving a fascinating web showing the connections between chemistry, Canadian history, politics, biochemistry, biological toxins, and even biblical scholarship. The turnout of about 75 people made this year's Student Night easily the best attended in recent memory.

In addition, the department of chemistry at the University of Manitoba set up an exhibit in the lobby of the chemistry building to display NCW/SNC posters and to distribute chemistry careers pamphlets, pocket periodic tables, and NCW/SNC brochures. To attract students to the exhibit, a draw was held with a number of NCW/SNC promotional items given way.

St-Boniface: Les etudiant(e)s du College universitaire de Saint-Boniface ont participe encore une fois a la SNC/NCW. De hombreuses activites ont ete organisees pour celebrer ce grand evenement.

Pendant route la semaine, les etudiaut(e)s ont su mettre a l'oeuvre leur esprit de detectives en participant "a la chasse aux devinettes scientifiques. Ceux qui ont pu retrouver les devinettes cachees et les resoudre se sont merites des prix merveilleux notamment un abonnement "a l'ACFAS (Association canadienne-francaise des avancements en sciences), un tableau periodique (don genereux d'un professeur de chimie) et meme un abonnement de 12 mois au Sportex (don genereux du Sportex). Le mardi midi, le tournoi de volleyball fur un grand succes. Les etudiants ont affronte les professeurs avec confiance et determination. Les professeurs, a leur tour, ont sans donte demontre leur athletisme! Que dire du bingo des elements du tableau periodique! Tout le monde au cafe rencontre ont que certains se servaient de pudding an chocolat comme jetons! Enfin, le concours du decor de sarrau annuel a su faire surgir la creativite des etudiants! Quels beanx sarrans!

Il est surtout encourageant de voit qu'a chaque annee, le taux de participation augmente, tant an nivean des personnes organisatrices, qu'an niveau des etudiants et des professeurs.


Saskatoon: At the University of Saskatoon, a one-day open house was organized jointly by the departments of chemistry and chemical engineering, offering refreshments to the public and discussing graduate and undergraduate student poster presentations. The event drew about 100 guests among them high school students interested in chemistry who were given the grand-tour of the department.


Edmonton: The Edmonton CIC Local Section celebrated NCW/SNC 1998 with mall science, the Crystal Growing Competition, and the Great Chemistry Board Game contest.

The annual mall science activity generated much mall traffic at the chemistry display area. Volunteers from the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan Community College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and other professional corporations were at four local malls (Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Kingsway Garden Mall, and St. Albert Centre) to share their love of chemistry with the public-at-large. Simple and fun activities included paper chromatography, acidbase demonstrations, surface tension illustration, and chemical molecules such as 'bucky ball', cholesterol and C-60 compounds. Once again, volunteers from the Section and APEGGA had a fun time and enjoyed the camaraderie.

High school students were invited once again to grow Rochelle Salt crystals for the Crystal Competition. Fourteen crystals were submitted from three Edmonton high schools (Harry, Ainlay, Old Scona and Ross Shephard). The winning crystal was grown by Rose Yeung and Alex Yiu of Haru, Ainlay High School. Yeung and Yiu each received a crystal champ t-shirt, cash prize and an award certificate.

Thanks to chemistry teacher, Ian Phillips, of McNally High School for his novel idea for the contest, and to Grant MacEwan Community College for the donation of chemistry, book prizes, the Great Chemistry Board Game contest drew over 15 entries from local high schools. Honourable mention went to Edward Wong of Ross Sheppard High School. Wong received a NCW/SNC t-shirt, a chemistry book prize, and an award certificate. The grand-prize winners went to four inventors at Old Scona Academic High School. The game was superbly crafted, the questions were on task, the game was not too hard to play, and the artwork was excellent. Congratulations to Ben Hui, Alto Lo, Jamil Sawani, and Riyaz Nathwaui. The grandprize winners each received a NCW/SNC t-shirt, a chemistry book prize, a cash prize, and an award certificate. There is a market for such a game, particularly for high school students, parents, teachers, and budding scientists. So if anyone would like to mentor these students in the commercializing the Great Chemistry Board Game, let the Section know - what a fun way to learn chemistry!

Calgary: The department of chemistry at the University of Calgary organized the traditional mall science show on October 24, in the Northland Village Shoppers Mall. The purpose was to present chemical science as a part of life to the general public, as well as to enable practical interaction through various hands-on chemical experiments. The event attracted over 70 volunteers, mainly undergraduate and graduate students as well as staff and faculty members from the department. Organizations involved with the show included the Safety Office, the Calgary CIC Local Section, APEGGA, Calgary Science Network, NSTW - Ottawa, Mad Science and Northland Mall Head Office. This show has always been a magnet for the general public. In spite of the fact that the majority of the stores in Northland Mall were closed due to renovation, over 1,500 people visited the show.

Displays included the ever popular cold chemistry (liquid nitrogen) experiments comparing different temperatures and density of items; computers in chemistry which showed complex organic molecules in 3D, chemical reactions as well as safety and environmental issues; glassblowing, household chemicals, photo chemistry and polymers to name a few. Different types of chromatography were presented enabling visitors to create their own paper chromatogram combining artistic and 'scientific' abilities. Numerous and busy hosts could not work fast enough to satisfy the demand for slime, but visitors were queuing patiently to get a flubber souvenir.

British Columbia

Kamloops: University College of the Cariboo (UCC) began their celebration with a Science and Technology Night for the general public on the evening of October 14. A wide variety of displays were presented in the Science Building as well as in the university's new Trades and Technology Centre. Chemistry professors, Jim Davies, MCIC and Norm Reed, MCIC presented their 'Wonder of Chemistry' magic show twice before capacity crowds. They were assisted in their magic by several chemistry students from the Chemistry-Biochemistry Club.

Separate 'hands-on' displays were very popular with the general public. Kids of all ages interacted with displays involving pH measurements, chromatography and indicator colour changes. Face painting along with the synthesis of silly putty and nylon were very popular.

The Chemistry-Biochemistry Club at UCC finished off the Week with an interactive display at the Aberdeen Mall on October 17. Several of the students from Science Night organized and presented many of the displays along with computer displays demonstrating molecular modelling.

Abbotsford: NCW/SNC celebrations at the University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV) began with the 3rd Annual UCFV Chemistry Lab Skills Contest for highschool students. This event has grown in popularity, each year, and this year, 12 fourmember teams representing ten different high schools participated. Competitors were required to complete two experiments: the analysis of a vitamin C tablet using a redox titration, and the synthesis of salicylic acid from oil of wintergreen.

First place went to Mission's Heritage Park Secondary School, represented by Melissa Wong, Devin Campbell, Stephanie Burgess and Daniel Yum. Prizes for the best titration results were awarded to members of the team representing W.J. Mouat Secondary School of Abbotsford, while the best results for the synthesis experiment were obtained by the team representing Mission Secondary School. An award for the best individual performance by a student not on a winning team was presented to Jessica Kennedy of Chilliwack Senior Secondary School. At the end of the contest, participants were treated to a chemistry magic show presented by UCFV staff, led by Aileen Ablog. Prizes for the competition were donated by Anachemia Science and a number of local businesses.

A series of lectures sponsored through the provincial 'Festival of Science and Technology' program included a well-attended presentation given by Wayne Jeffrey, head of toxicology at the RCMP Forensic Laboratory in Vancouver, and a talk on groundwater contamination in the Abbotsford/Sumas aquifer given by Hugh Liebscher of Environment Canada.

Coquitlam: Coquitlam College concentrated their efforts on raising chemistry awareness among the students within the College. WHMIS, practical applications of chemistry, jobs and fun were high on the agenda. This year they participated in the Regional Crystal Growing Competition and presented their crystals for judging at the Science World in Vancouver. Surrey: For their first year, a home schooling group, under coordinator Wendy McNeeley, got involved in NCW/SNC. Along with participation in the Crystal Growing Competition in the Vancouver area, the group set up activities for the kids to do relating to chemistry. Langley home schoolers also set up activities. McNeeley provided materials to the parents and let them take over, choosing activities best suited to their children. Vancouver: The Vancouver CIC Local Section was again very pleased to participate in the celebration of NCW/SNC for 1998. This was the fourth year they organized a Regional Crystal Growing Competition. There was a very good response with six schools submitting their crystals for display and judging at Science World on October 24. Again, after careful, detailed examination, the winning crystal was chosen. The team is from Collingwood School, West Vancouver. Congratulations go to team members Kathryn Cerny, Karman Dalton, Lauren Geaghan, Luke Ling, and Scott Tolan. A copy of The Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science was presented to the library of Collingwood School on behalf of their team. The best quality crystal was grown by Stephanie Pollack of Steveston Secondary School, Richmond. The crystal grown by Jessica Gane and Erin Robinson of Southridge School, Surrey, received honorable mention. All of the students listed above received NCW/SNC T-shirts and promotional materials. Congratulations to these students and their teachers, Kristen Neilson, of Collingwood School, Andrew Tovey of Steveston Secondary School, and Kierston McCaw of Southridge School. Much interest was generated by the competition this year. More schools and students participated and many more crystals were entered.

In addition to the judging of the crystals, there were two chemistry demonstration shows entitled 'Ross and Steve's Most Excellent Experiments' in the Science World Demonstration Theatre given again by popular demand by Ross Hill, FCIC and Steve Holdcroft, FCIC of Simon Fraser University. This show was very well received by a large audience of young people and adults. The show had many new features which delighted and overawed the youngsters. Many promotional items were handed out to those who attended.

Richmond: At Kwantlen University College, Suzanne Pearce coordinated a college-wide chemistry competition for faculty, staff and administration. As the institution is spread out over four separate campuses, a daily chemistry question was sent out to everyone with an e-mail address.

Bob Perkins, MCIC coordinated a similar chemistry competition for students. Prizes of NCW/SNC mousepads, tshirts, caps and furkins were awarded to all participants.

Victoria: The main event this year was held on October 18 in the department of chemistry at the University of Victoria where chemistry shows and demonstrations by various chemistry faculty took place. Reg Mitchell, FCIC put on his ever popular chemistry show (Dr. Zonk), Walter Balfour, FCIC emphasized chemical demonstrations suitable for a younger audience with his 'chemistry for kids' show, and David Harrington, MCIC showed the effects of cooling things down to liquid nitrogen temperature in his show entitled 'The World at-200 Degrees below Zero'.

The members of the public were also able to test their general knowledge of chemistry by participating in 'The Chemistry Decathlon', an innovative and interactive "test yourself" tour of chemical principles developed by Tom Fyles, FCIC and his students.

On display were submitted crystals from Vancouver Island for the Regional Crystal Growing Competition which was co-organized by members of the Chemistry Undergraduate Student Society (Sheryl Steeves and Kara Freeman). A total of six crystals were submitted, one of which was of sufficient quality to be sent for the national competition. Ashleigh Lukees-Pitches from Parkland Secondary School was the winner of this event. A related event, the Science Olympics which is a competition for the top grade 11 and 12 students on Vancouver Island.

This year's Science Olympics was held on October 23, at the Royal B.C. Museum, m conjunction with their Leonardo da Vinci exhibit. Half of the students attending the event took part in the chemistry competition, organized by Peter Marrs. This year's competition was 'The Science of Art', where the students had to use chemical analysis to identify pigments (supposedly) taken from a painting. Identification of the pigments could then be placed in a historical context, and the "authenticity" of the painting determined. This competition was adapted from a unit developed at the University of Victoria, by Dave Berry, MCIC, Corinna Ewan, Kelli Fawkes, Patricia Leslie and Monica Reimer. It ran very well and the students had a good time with the investigation. At the end of the competitions, everyone involved with the Science Olympics was treated to a chemical magic show by our own Dr. Zonk.

Northwest Territories

Kivalliq District (formerly), Keewatin District): The ten communities in the District held their annual Regional Science Olympics. Events held are for kindergarten through grade 12 students. They include The Keewatin Art of Science Joke Contest, SET Challenge - the Space Race and participation in the National Crystal Crowing Competition.

Kugluktuk: For their second year, students from several remote communities learned about chemistry through NCW/SNC booklets and other promotional items.


Whitehorse: The Innovators in the Schools program in the Yukon was responsible for exposing just over 100 students and their teachers to the magic of chemistry. Students of all ages are brought into Louis Schilder's lab to be exposed to the wonders of chemistry. Each two hour program was filled with demonstrations and hands-on activities. At the end of each session, students competed for prizes by answering ftm skilltesting questions.


Volunteers have again shown what can be done to show the positive side of the chemical field. Along with the old faithful demonstrations, new and innovative ideas can be seen each year. For additional information on any of the activities mentioned or to find out more about National Chemistry Week/Semaine nationale de la chimie contact: Program Manager, NCW/SNC, The Chemical Institute of Canada, 130 Slater Street, Suite 550, Ottawa, ON K1P 6E2; Tel: 613-232-6252; Fax: 613-232-5862; e-mail: or check out the website at

Sponsors 1998

National Chemistry Week/Semaine nationale de la chimie 1998 gratefully acknowledges the following corporate sponsors/remercie les commanditaires suivants:

Albright & Wilson American Limited Alcan International Limited Anachemia Science Astra Canada AT Plastics Inc. BASF Bayer Inc. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. Bio-Mega Division Bruker Spectrospin Canada Ltd. Celanese Canada Inc. Chemical Education Trust Fund Canadian Society for Chemistry Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Canadian Society for Chemical Technology Ciba Specialty Chemicals Canada Inc. CXY Chemicals Canada Limited Partnership Delmar Chemicals Inc. Diagnostic Chemicals Ltd. Dominion Colour Corporation Dow Chemical Canada Inc. DuPont Canada Inc. H.L. Blachford Ltd. Hewlett Packard L.V. Lomas Limited Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research Nacan Products Limited Noranda NOVA Chemicals Ltd. Pfizer Canada Inc. Recochem Inc. Rhone-Poulenc Canada Inc. S.C. Johnson Wax Shell Canada Limited Sterling Pulp Chemicals Ltd. Syncrude Canada Torcan Chemical Ltd. Varian Canada Inc. Wyeth Ayerst Canada Inc. Xerox Research Centre of Canada


What you need:

* White glue (Elmer's school glue is best)

* Borax

* Water

* 2 medium-sized plastic containers

* Food colouring

What to do:

* Mix 125 ml water with 125 ml glue in one container.

* Add the food colouring.

* In another container, mix 250 ml water with 45 ml borax.

* Add 60 ml of the borax solution to the glue solution and mix it with your fingers.

* Mush the mixture around with your hands until it thickens. Then put it on a table and knead it with your hands until there is no obvious liquid on the surface of the slime.

* Stretch and squish the slime to observe how it behaves. It is a solid or a liquid? Does it feel warm or cold? It should feel cold, especially when it's stretched very thinly. How thin can you stretch the slime before it breaks? Does it stretch better when you pull on it quickly or when you pull on it slowly?

* Store slime in a resealable bag and keep it in a cool place.

What's going on?

* Chemical reactions can be classified by whether they produce or absorb heat. The reaction that makes the slime is caused from heat being absorbed from our hands as we handle it. This is why it feels cold and slimy. The more the slime is handled, the harder it gets.

* The slime is a special kind of substance called a polymer. Polymers are also known as plastics.

Calgary Science Fun Guide Calgary Science Network (1997)

RELATED ARTICLE: National Crystal Growing Competition

Each year of the crystal growing competition seems to have its unique challenges and this year was no exception. But more of that later.

Since the distribution of starting materials and instructions giving experimental details has always been a challenge, our first priority was to make improvements in this area. Traditionally, at the very beginning of each school year, we would receive the bulk chemical from our supplier, which would then be repackaged for distribution to the local coordinators (we had to guess what the local need would be); instructions would also be sent along. The local coordinators would repackage their supply and reproduce the instructions for distribution to previously contacted individual schools. Needless to say, this created a mad scramble in early September and there was uneven service to the schools, who had to have their crystals back to us by about the seventh week of their year.

The first step in the improvement sequence was to take advantage of technology and create a competition website: this year, it was found at www.

Use of a website had several benefits: equal and simultaneous distribution to everyone nationwide, ability to show examples of previous submissions, and internet links to crystalrelated sites world-wide. Thanks to Denis Bussieres' translations, we were also able to provide all the information in French. Of course we also had to provide for those who did not have internet access, this was done by local coordinators who printed the necessary information off the internet and then delivered it to the schools. From all indications, this system worked quite well.

The next step was to improve distribution. Here, the help of Carol Haley of Anachemia Science was crucial. As in the past, her company supplied the starting material and, more importantly, used their distribution system to send packages directly to the participating schools. From a 1-800 number listed on the website, schools could contact Anachemia individually. This service was efficient: a school in Guelph, ON reported calling Anachemia at 4 p.m. on a Wednesday. The bottle left the Montreal, QC warehouse and was at the school by 9 a.m. Thursday!

The final step was to choose a substance that was "guaranteed" to work. Despite our past problems with rochelle salt (by synthesis from baking soda and cream of tarter), Anachemia was able to supply pure rochelle salt. The quality of the crystals produced attests to the quality of that solution.

With the major problems tackled, we wondered "what could go wrong this year?". The most prominent example of Murphy's Law was the effect of the dispute between Ontario's teachers and the provincial government With strikes or "work to rule" actions, many teachers would not or could not assist their students and participation was drastically reduced. Otherwise, the competition survived quite nicely. This did not prevent some local "disasters". At one Ottawa area school, a class had 39 crystals ready for "harvesting" on a Monday. Over the weekend, to save money, the temperature in the school was lowered on Friday afternoon and then raised Monday morning. Because of the temperature overshoot by the time the students had arrived, 36 crystals had completely dissolved. What a disappointment that must have been! All was not lost however, the crystal submitted won the best quality prize in the local competition.

At the national level, II sets of crystals were submitted. The top winners were: 1st - Sheilah Restall from Sisler High School in Winnipeg, MB, Sandy Rekrut, teacher; 2nd - Isabelle Rancourt and Cynthia Marin of Polyvalent de Abenaquis in St. Prosper, QC (Quebec City area), JeanRene Boily, teacher; and 3rd Sami Osmon and Eric Goslin of Ecole Secondaire Grande Riviere in Aylmer, QC (Ottawa area), Christian Doyle, teacher. If you want to view this year's results, complete with pictures, weights, scores, and students/teachers names for all submissions, go to .../8785/x/98rslt.html. We thank Hewlett Packard for providing prizes to the students and class at the winning school.

An interesting finding, based on results from five high schools, was that for each school, all crystals submitted were very similar, while each set of crystals was unique. Since they were all made from the same source, these differences must be dependent upon the technique or possibly the water used.

Prior to this year, we had no exact idea of how many schools actually participated. From the one source distribution data, we know that 107 schools started - we were prepared for 200 and several ordered additional quantities of rochelle salt.

What's in store for next year? The use of the website will be expanded. Participation by schools across the country has been limited to those communities that have active CIC Sections who make their schools aware of the competition. We plan to advertise through provincial science teachers' organizations so that this will truly be a national project. We can also begin our advertising now and use the website to convey the latest details.

We will use a different chemical. The one chosen will depend upon negotiations with our chemical benefactor. By advertising more widely, we may strain our supply resources, but that would be a wonderful problem to have to solve.

The competition website advertised here in the 1997 report never worked because I discovered that I was being transferred from Ottawa to Guelph after the report had been submitted to the printers. We now have stability. Next year's website can confidently be advertised as .../8785/x/99.html.

As always, the success of this and any other National Chemistry Week initiative rests heavily on the efforts of tireless volunteers. In addition to those listed above, thanks must also go to Len Walker, MCIC who assisted with the national judging and to local coordinators Peter Wan, FCIC (Victoria); Beryl Deuel, FCIC (Vancouver); Wendy Lam, MCIC (Edmonton); Desiree Vanderwel, MCIC (Winnipeg); Mindy Willett and Jim Kreuger (North West Territories); John Breau, MCIC (Sudbury); Leslie Barton, MCIC (Toronto); Dave Guzonas, MCIC (Deep River); Barb Blackwell, MCIC and Marc Savard, MCIC (Ottawa); Josee Brisson, MCIC (Quebec); Denis Bussieres, MCIC (Chicoutimi); Ghislain Cormier (New Brunswick); and Jason Clyburne, MCIC (Nova Scotia).

Chris Young, MCIC National Coordinator ( or

RELATED ARTICLE: Promotional Materials NCW/SNC 1998

The distribution of NCW/SNC promotional material was carried out through coordinators in Local Sections, at universities, high schools and elementary schools. Industry also got involved. Requests sent directly by high school teachers rose considerably as they have become more aware of the celebration. Booklets and posters, in particular, were popular with the teachers. The following is a list of promotional material distributed throughout 1998:12,749 copies of the 1998 edition and many older editions of Discover Canadian Chemistry/Pleins feux sur la chimie, a newsletter for senior high school students; 704 copies of Exploring Chemistry, a newsletter for junior high school students; 240 copies of Merveilles de la chimie, the new French edition of the booklet; 1745 copies of Discovering Chemisty, a booklet geared to children in grades 4 to 6; 636 copies of its French equivalent Pour Decouvrir de la chimie; 1452 copies of the American Chemical Society's WonderScience; 809 copies of Wonderful Water, a guidebook for children in kindergarten through grade 3; 271 copies of Merveilles de l'eau, the French version of the booklet; 850 English postcards (series of three experiments); 256 French postcards (series of three experiments); 2466 Chemistry at Work! posters (six different posters); 2041 Chemical Engineering at Work! posters (four different posters); 1927 Chemical Technology at Work! and Chemical Technologists of the Future! posters (four different posters); 711 NCW/SNC and American Chemical Society periodic table posters; 269 NCW/SNC decals; 1935 NCW/SNC balloons; 1352 NCW/SNC bookmarks; 1197 NCW/SNC buttons; 1985 lurkins (a fuzzy purple mascot of NCW/SNC who has a pink nose and wears his/her safety glasses); 540 NCW/SNC fridge magnets; 65 NCW/SNC caps; 138 NCW/SNC nylon lunch bags; 100 NCW/SNC mouse pads; 18,409 pocket periodic tables; 260 NCW/SNC t-shirts; 962 English careers brochures (due to supplies being depleted for 1998); 813 French careers brochures as well as 1210 National Chemistry Week/Semaine nationale de la chimie brochures.

Sponsors for promotional material include: Dow Chemical Canada Inc. who sponsored the complete Discover Canadian Chemistry/Pleins feux sur la chimie project from start to finish including a mailing of two copies of the booklet plus additional information to all high school science department heads across the country; Bayer Inc. who produced the pocket periodic tables and who sponsored the printing and mailing of Discovering Chemistry and Pour Decouvrir de la chimie to elementary schools across Ontario; sponsorship for Exploring Chemistry was provided by the Chemical Education Trust Fund as was the translation of the booklet; the Chemistry at Work! poster for 1998 was sponsored by Merck Frosst Canada who also provided all of the photos used for the poster; the Chemical Engineering at Work! poster for 1998 was sponsored by Shell Canada Limited, with photos of Bryan Herta and the Shell race car taken by Stephen Miller; and the Chemical Technology at Work! poster for 1998 was sponsored by Dominion Colour Corporation, the picture provided by Alan Gray, V.P. Technical of the company. Laird Keller, Gilmore Printing, produced the design for the three posters; Ari Niemi of North Wind Design provided the artwork for many of the publications produced in 1998; and Francois Gauthier, trad.a, Qualigram, was responsible for translation of NCW/SNC material. The Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology, all provided sponsorship towards the production NCW/SNC promotional materials. We wish to thank these sponsors for their generous support in financing specific projects.

NCW/SNC promohonal material is available at any time during the year, supplies permitting. For more information please contact: NCW/SNC Program Manager, 130 Slater Street, Suite 550, Ottawa, ON K1P 6E2; Tel: 613232-6252; Fax: 613-232-5862; e-mail: or check out the website at
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