National Chemistry Week encourages American Chemistry Society members and science enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Americal Chemistry Society local sections, schools, businesses, and individuals are invited to organize or participate in events in their communities with a common goal: to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life.
The Viachem team volunteered to participate in this year’s Mindbenders event put on by The Southwest Society of Cosmetic Chemists with Mary Kay and Beauticontrol in the Dallas, TX area on June 21, 2017. This program, called the Mindbender Academy was held as a summer camp for 6th, 7th, 8th graders within the STEam fields in the Frisco Independent School District. Mindbender Academy encourages participants to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Each day featured fun, hands-on activities to extend learning outside the classroom.
April 2017 – Feed the City: Making Meals for the Homeless
Viachem volunteered at the Making Meals for the Homeless event at Gordon Biersch in Plano, TX. Viachem provided supplies and also helping hands to contribute making thousands of meals for the homeless. This event truly makes an impact on the community. All of the prepared food gets delivered to SoupMobile, a ‘mobile’ soupkitchen that was founded in 2003. They are a faith based non-profit charity that feeds and shelters the homeless in the Dallas, TX area.
December 2016 – Clark High School Science Fair
Nicola Welch, Industry Manager- Industrial, Paint & Coatings , volunteered at the Clark High School science fair in Plano,TX as a judge. The participants of the fair were 9th and 10th graders. As Nicola would walk by, each student would give her a summary of their experiment, what they found from it, and whether their hypothesis was found to be correct or not. The life science division is where Nicola focused on judging students with topics ranging from extending battery life to finding different cultures of bacteria in different local North Texas lakes.