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Virtual National Chemistry Day (Pre-recorded)

10 am–4 pm
Online Only

Learning chemistry helps us better understand the world around us and is critical to human, animal, plant, and overall Earth health and sustainability. During this year’s virtual Chemistry Day, you can watch chemists from around the region demonstrate a variety of experiments and explain the chemistry behind them.

The event is sponsored by the Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society. 

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The College of St. Rose Natural Science Association

Three Cup Chemistry

Step on up and try your luck at our pick-a-cup guessing game! Beware, our cup shuffler Kait has fast hands and a keen knowledge of chemistry. Through this demonstration you will witness superabsorbent polymers in action and watch as water molecules to “stick” to sodium polyacrylate, a polymer found in diapers.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tape Adhesives - They Are Not Chemically the Same

This demonstration shows how different types of chemistry are being used for making adhesives in various kinds of tapes. Presenters use the infra-red (IR) spectroscopy to show how the chemical analysis can reveal different types of adhesives.


GE Research

Virtually Bonding Materials in the Kitchen

Learn about the different ways to bond materials together! Many of these can be done using items you find in the kitchen (and a few things from the bathroom).

2020 Adhesive Olympics

Learn how to test the strengths of different adhesives, and see which ones come out on top!


Russell Sage College

Sticky Situations

The video shows two experiments: In Experiment 1, casein glues are prepared and tested (shear test) against a commercial glue. In Experiment 2, the adhesives on duct tape, packing tape and painter's tape are given the "ball bearing test" to see which has the stickiest adhesive.


The Doane Stuart School

Investigating the Strength of Different Types of Tape: A Real Lab Experiment

Research suggests that one test of adhesive strength in tape is the force needed to peel it off a surface. How could we design an experiment to test a bunch of different kinds of tape (scotch, duct, masking, packing, electrical)? What is our research question? Hypothesis? Variables? How are we performing the tests? What equipment do we need? What constants need to be considered?


Union College Chemistry & Biochemistry Club

 Making Glue from Milk

We will use skim milk to make a natural form of glue. Students will learn the steps to, and the science behind, this at-home-friendly experiment.


The Eastern New York Younger Chemist Committee

How to Make Silly Putty

The Eastern New York Younger Chemist Committee (ENY YCC) shows you how to make silly putty with only 3 simple ingredients!

The YCC is a group for college aged and young professional chemist that hosts a variety of speaker, networking, professional development, and social events. Learn more about us on our Instagram (@ycc.enys.acs) or Twitter (@ycc_enys_acs).


New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center Virtual Booth

If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, we would be offering paper chromatography of washable marking pen inks as a hands-on activity. We couldn’t film a video demonstration to take its place. Instead, here’s a link to some “Chromatography Detective Work” performed by students in a school science club:

Strictly speaking, the student’s conclusion is only accurate if the ransom note was written on the same type of filter paper they used. We might infer it was, because they say they drew matching Os “on another piece of filter paper”.

For more information on the New York State Police Crime Laboratory System, please click on the following link: Laboratory_System/

From there, you can access topics such as Crime Laboratory System Sections, history of the Crime Laboratory, and interesting cases solved with the help of forensic Science.

Thank you for visiting our virtual booth!