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!
THE 2019 CHEMAGINATION COMPETITION
We are pleased to announce that the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society will be sponsoring a 2019 Chemagination Competition. For this event, high school students are asked to imagine that they 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 is: “Describe a recent breakthrough or innovation in chemistry and/or its applications that has improved the quality of people’s lives today.” The article is written to fit in one of four categories: Alternative Energy Sources, Environment, Medicine/Health, or New Materials. In addition to the article, students are asked to design a cover for the magazine.
It is a great learning experience for students. In addition to using and adding to their knowledge of science and chemistry, they can improve their “soft” skills of creativity, teamwork and public speaking, skills that will serve them well in their future careers.
There will not be an onsite competition. Rather student teams will be asked to submit an article and video presentation of their “research. First Place winners in each category will go on to compete in the 2019 Mid Atlantic Regional Competition will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in conjunction with MARM 2019 sponsored by the Maryland ACS Section.
Please contact George Farrant firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this contest and the rules of the competition. Any and/all high Schools in our area are encouraged to compete!