From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: Fwd: [DCHAS-L] ACS Chemistry Ambassadors - Safety and the Flame Challenge
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 17:05:04 -0500
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Good to see ACS Chemistry Ambassadors being reminded of the value of chemical safety practices.

- Ralph

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From: Nancy McCormick-Pickett <nxm98**At_Symbol_Here**>
Date: December 1, 2015 at 3:25:29 PM EST
To: secretary**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: ACS Chemistry Ambassadors - Safety and the Flame Challenge

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    Office of Public Affairs
Dear Ralph, Chemistry Ambassador,

Anytime is a good time to underscore safety and pass along tips to teachers in your community.  ACS has renewed its warning of a popular but dangerous experiment and we hope you will help get the word out.  Our other call to action in this newsletter - Answer "what is sound?" for 11-year-olds. There could be $1,000 in it for you and a free trip to the World Science Festival.  Read on!

Help keep students safe! -following a recent fire in a Fairfax, Virginia, high school chemistry classroom, ACS has issued this video of how to do a safe alternative to the dangerous Rainbow Experiment.
Please take a moment to email your local schools, school board members, or county school administration officials, urging them to share with teachers at once.  Make the point that hands-on-learning is still the best way to learn science, but it must always be done safely. 

The characteristic colored flames of the Rainbow Experiment that correspond to various metals can still be seen using this safe alternative.

Additional ACS resources on this topic include "How to Make Chemistry Classroom Demonstrations and Experiments Safer" and "Safety Alert Rainbow Demonstration."
Can you explain sound to an 11-year old? That's the 2016 question posed by the Alan Alda Flame Challenge Competition.   
Use your best communication skills to answer in a way that will resonate with an 11-year old and you could win $1,000. See details and encourage colleagues to enter by January 19, 2016. Email your 5th and 6th grade teacher friends also so they can register their classes to judge the entries.  Teachers must register by December 21, 2015.    ACS is a co-sponsor of this annual competition.

What's been your favorite outreach this year?  Share your thoughts with us and we'll share them with the other 10,000 Chemistry Ambassadors!

Thanks for all you do.
  Nancy McCormick-Pickett
Manager, Strategic Communications | Office of Public Affairs
1155 16th St., NW | Washington | DC 20036
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ACS Chemistry for Life
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