You could say that October is Science Month!
Next week features the announcements of the Nobel Prizes. So, look for a number of science related stories and features from various science organizations and businesses. You can anticipate that the news will be filled with science applications connected to the winners of the Prizes in medicine, chemistry and physics.
Additionally, October generally features announcements for various science competitions. Check out the Intel, Siemens and other notable companies as they begin to announce their regional and national activities. (You can also check out Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and Science Channel – for many activities, lesson plans, etc.) There are sites with monthly themes such as the Siemens Science Day in addition to topic specific sites.
October features National Chemistry Week (October 19-25, 2014). This years theme is the Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy. There are a number of activities planned around the United States. These will be hosted by Local Sections of the American Chemical Society, as well as Student Chemistry Clubs. You can find teacher resources and associated materials at the American Chemical Society NCW website. Of particular note – related to this NCW topic – was the dedication of the second National Chemical Historic Landmark related to the production of sugar on October 1. This Landmark recognizes the work of Rachel Holloway Lloyd, a woman chemist. (The first recognized the work of Norbert Rillieux, whose birth record states “Norbert Rillieux, quadroon libre, natural son of Vincent Rillieux and Constance Vivant. Born March 17, 1806. Baptized in St. Louis Cathedral by Pere Antoine.” More information about the work and life of Rillieux can be found here.)
October is a great time for slime, glowing science, bubbling punch, and other fun home/class experiments. Take a few minutes to do a quick search of the American Chemical Society education resources while you are looking at the Sweet Side of Chemistry – to find a bunch of “goolish” fun activities. (You can also find sites related to Zombies, Bone Chilling Science, Vampires, and even a bit of graveyard science.)
Have fun and don’t forget to stay safe! (PS if you need safety resources you can always pick up a copy of Staying Safe while Conducting Hands-On Science.)