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When Chemicals Collide

Preparing an idea of teaching kids about the molecular orbitals

Joanna Kristine Ninal

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a non-funded student organization at Kean University that holds meetings covering the complete field of chemistry, plus dozens of smaller conferences in specific fields.

The ACS is a nationally accredited association, and its publications division produces several scholarly journals, including the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Kean University's ACS club promotes awareness of all aspects of chemistry. The club organizes various charitable events and conducts several meetings throughout the year that cover various topics including careers in chemistry, volunteering and attending science related trips.

"Chemistry is in our daily lives, and we show others that chemistry can be fun," said Tracy Heng, ACS president and senior chemistry and biology double major. "The point of ACS is to make people like chemistry more and to have people understand that chemistry is everywhere and in everything."

Most ACS events consist of volunteering opportunities. During the spring semester, ACS volunteers with the North Jersey Regional Science Fair and helps them out with stuff like ushering and setting up tables and chairs for the event.

Every fall semester, members also participate at the Chem Expo organized by the Liberty Science Center. The Chem Expo is a place where they can exhibit chemistry experiments to kids to make them more interested in the subject. Back in 2015, they even won an award at the expo.

"We also host luncheons, dinners and pot lucks with the chemistry department," said Heng. "We used to host tutoring sessions, but people don’t show for them, so we stopped. Although, our members are more than willing to help anyone with chemistry problems, if needed!"

For Valentine's Day, ACS had a “Chocolate Chemistry" event, which explained the different crystals in chocolate that make them taste and feel the way they do. Last semester, the organization also participated in Kean Day, an event for students to learn about the different clubs and organizations on campus.

ACS is closely connected to the Department of Chemistry, but it is also open to working with other organizations and departments on campus.

To get involved with ACS, stop by room 243 in the Science Building every other Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Every meeting, the organization tried to do something related to chemistry while making sure that every one of its members participates in the experiments. Most importantly, they make sure everyone's opinions or comments are heard.

Although the club revolves around chemistry, the club is open to students from all majors.

"I just want to tell the students that our club is not only for chemistry majors or for people who are good at chemistry," said Heng. ACS treasurer and senior chemistry major. "We are just a club that wants to make chemistry fun and enjoyable."

about the author

Joanna Kristine Ninal, Staff Writer

Joanna Kristine Ninal is an English education double major with minors in Asian and Chinese studies. Ninal works as a Staff Writer for The Cougar's Byte since fall 2016. Ninal loves to play video games, such as “Overwatch” and “Final Fantasy XIV”, as well as create projects such as videos, stories and scripts in her free time. She loves to read and write, especially dramatic and romantic themes in young adult literature like the Harry Potter series and the To All The Boys I've Loved Before series. Her goal in life is to be an English teacher and travel around to teach in countries such as Japan, China and South Korea.