National Chemistry Week Project
National Chemistry Week Project - Please scroll down to view the list of topics and access the links to resources.
Step 1: Choose a topic.
· Research information about the composition and properties of the candy. You choose one or more additional categories.
· Obtain a picture for each research category.
· Be sure to cite your sources.
Project Check list
- Topic Choice
- Research Information for three categories
- Illustrations for each of the three categories
· Rough draft of poster.
· Write a caption for each picture.
· Make a plan for how to arrange the text and graphics
Finish the final draft of your poster
Final Touches on the NCW Project
Present NCW Poster Projects to Class
Celebrate National Chemistry Week (NCW) 2014!
Theme: “The Sweet Side of Chemistry: Candy!” October 19-25, 2014
“Candy... How sweet it is!!! Don’t you love the sweet taste of jelly beans, gummies, jellies, caramels, toffee, fudge, and gum drops? Or how about lollipops, taffy, cotton candy, candy canes, hard candy, candy bars, chewing gum, and licorice? Candies come in many different textures, from soft and chewy to hard and brittle. The texture of a piece of candy depends mainly on the number, size, and type of the sugar crystals, the amount of sugar compared to water, and the other ingredients present.” In this project you will investigate the chemistry of candy.
Research & Poster Project
Step 1. Choose a topic from the list below or choose a type of candy that has a special significance to you.
Step 2. Research information about the topic. There are 2 required research categories and you may choose one or more additional categories.
a. Composition: What is the candy made of? What particles give the candy its particular properties? How are the particles arranged? What chemical reactions are involved?
b. Properties: Describe how it looks, the texture, the taste.
Choose one or more additional categories:
c. How is the candy made?
d. What makes this candy special/unique?
e. History of the candy
f. Your choice - what is interesting to you?
Step 3. Make a poster. The size of the poster should be 8.5" × 11". For the text, use at least size 12 point font. The poster should include the following:
- Your name and block.
- The research categories – put a heading on each
- Pictures, graphics, or hand drawn images that correspond to each research category. Write a caption (1 sentence) for each picture. Include a citation for each graphic in the bibliography.
- Bibliography (to be placed on the back) - cite all sources you used in your research including graphics. Check the library website for proper bibliography formats. http://nshslibrary.newton.k12.ma.us/home
ChemMatters article on Candy Making - This article gives an overview of many types of candy.
Candy - Taste and Smell - This PowerPoint presentation gives an overview of many types and properties of candy.
1. Hard candy
2. Cotton candy
3. Candy corn
4. Ice cream
· Haines, Gail. "Vanilla! It’s Everywhere!" Chem Matters Dec. 2003: 4-6
7. Sour candy
9. Sugar free candy
10. Rock candy
14. Pop rocks
15. Floating letters (on Skittles and M&Ms)