Maryland Section

Chemagination Team heads for Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition

On April 15th, Jack Chen and Sara Sinno, 10th grade chemistry students at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, presented their Chemagination entry: Magic Microfire. In their article, written for a 2038 issue of ChemMatters, they describe the development of a microscale device which efficiently harnesses energy from the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen and whose output is easily regulated. Garments constructed with these microfire devises allow the wearer to regulate the warm of their clothing and thus “defy nature, save money, and protect the environment with stylish fashion.” Read the full article: Magic Microfire


Chen and Sinno, along with their chemistry teacher and Chemagination advisor Lee Shang, will head to Princeton, NJ to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chemagination Competition on May 18th. We wish them the best of luck!




Stevenson University, Baltimore MD

 April 13, 2013



Imagine you are living 25 years in the future and have been invited to write an article for ChemMatters, a magazine for high school students that focuses on the role of chemistry in everyday life.  The subject of the article:

 “Describe a recent breakthrough or innovation in chemistry (and/or its applications) that has improved the quality of people’s lives today.”


High school students are invited to participate in the 2013 Maryland ACS Chemagination competition. Write an article as if you were living in the year 2038, looking back at innovations that have occurred since 2013. In addition to the article, design a cover for the issue of ChemMatters in which your article will appear. The innovation you write about must fall into one of the following categories:


          *  Alternative Energy Sources         *  Medicine/Healthcare


          *  Environment                              *  New Materials




To view issues of the ACS magazine ChemMatters, visit the national ACS website,, and look under Education. You may also view past Chemagination entries from the Princeton Section by clicking here.



The Maryland ACS Chemagination contest will be held the afternoon of April 13, 2013 (note: written articles are due March 22nd). The competition will take place on the campus of Stevenson University in Baltimore MD and will consist of a poster session and judging, a chemistry demonstration and the awards ceremony. 

Cash awards and certificates will be provided for the first and second place winners in each of the four categories (Alternative Energy Sources, Environment, Medicine/Healthcare, or New Materials).  The first place winners from the local section contests are eligible to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chemagination contest, tentatively scheduled for May 18, 2013 at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.  If they cannot attend for any reason, the second place winners can serve as alternates. 


Chemagination is a team competition that allows students to develop their scientific knowledge and also express their creativity. Past particpants have found the experience engaging, rewarding and lots of fun. We look forward to an exciting 2013 competition and hope to see you there!


Please download the following documents describing the contest and procedures:

2013 Chemagination Overview:

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2013 Chemagination Guide for Students:

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2013 Chemagination Guide for Educators:

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 2013 Chemagination Article Submission Form:

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Questions may be addressed to:

Jim Saunders

Maryland ACS Chemagination Chair