Sticking with chemistry: Glues & adhesives

October 18 – 24 is National Chemistry Week and we're celebrating! This year's theme is "Sticking with Chemistry." Kids in grades 2 – 6 are invited to join the American Chemical Society (ACS) for a fun online contest.

National Chemistry Week is a public awareness campaign that promotes the value of chemistry in everyday life. ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate by coordinating events and communicating the importance of chemistry.

2020 VIRTUAL Contest

October 9 – 24

In the contest, kids in grades 2 – 6 will make red cabbage indicator paper and use it to test whether various substances in their home are acidic, basic or neutral. Participants will need an adult helper as they investigate chemistry using household materials and test samples. Follow the instructions, answer the questions and enter the contest.

Contest instructions

The contest runs from October 9 through October 24. Submissions must be received by October 24. Three cash prizes of $50, $25 and $25 will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each of two age groups:
  • Grades 2 and 3
  • Grades 4, 5 and 6

ACS will select the winners. Entrants will receive a small entry prize, which they can pick up between October 9 and October 24 at their local branch, while supplies last. The first three submissions received at each Cuyahoga County Public Library branch (based on date/time stamp) will receive a special entry prize. Visit the contest page to enter and for complete contest rules.

Enter the contest