The Tampa Bay Section of the American Chemical Society (section # 406) was established in 1994. We promote public awareness of chemistry by being involved in outreach programs in our community and work with students to encourage an interest in the chemical science arena.
Our membership is encompasses the Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee and Sarasota counties with 700+ members.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) is one of the largest professional organizations that represent the chemical industry. The ACS supports 160,000+ members globally, publishing its weekly C&EN magazine and up-to-date scientific journals.
In our Section's third year of hosting the local contest for the ACS National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poetry Contest, we were pleased with the high quality of poems submitted by our students! Deciding on the winners was no easy task our judges. All of our winning poems will be posted on our K-12 Education page shortly.
We are very pleased to announce that 2nd grade student, Sam Lenz of Roosevelt Elementary School, won second place at the National level for his poem, "Candy Cane Chemistry" and he will receive a $150 prize from the ACS for his efforts. Congratulations to Sam and to his teacher Ms. Lani Rodriguez!
A special thank you to Dr. Laura Henchey at the University of Tampa for her efforts in organizing this year's contest.