Chemists celebrate Earth Day with K-12 haiku contest

Submitted by American Chemical Society
2007-03-01 16:35:58

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day:
“Recycling—Chemistry Can”
Illustrated Haiku Contest
As part of their Chemists Celebrate Earth Day celebration, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated haiku contest for students in grades Kindergarten-12.
A haiku is a three-line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. Haikus typically have nature-related themes and do not rhyme, as in the example below.

New materials

once old, now reworked for use

shining in the light.

Possible topics related to recycling and chemistry include:
•Most recyclable materials (e.g. aluminum, glass, paper, plastic) and the related chemistry
•Biodegradable materials
•Energy savings from recycling
•Environmental chemistry
•Green chemistry making recycling easier
•Reduction of pollution/waste because of recycling
•Reuse of materials/renewable materials
•Reduction in greenhouse gases because of recycling
•Properties of materials
•Chemical changes
National Prizes:
1st Place in each grade category – $150 gift certificate
2nd Place in each grade category – $75 gift certificate
For more information about contests in your area, contact the American Chemical Society Office of Community Activities at 800-227-5558, x4458 or
To find a local ACS coordinator:


Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Haiku Contest
ACS Local Sections are encouraged to participate in the 2007 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) illustrated haiku contest by inviting area Kindergarten – 12th grade students to compete.
Winners will be selected in each of the following categories:
• K – 2nd grade
• 3rd – 4th grade
• 5th – 8th grade
• 9th – 12th grade
Contest Rules
• Poems must conform to the haiku style. Students in grades K-2 may be more free with their syllables; however, no poem may be longer than 25 words.
• The topic of the haiku and the illustration must be related to the CCED Theme, “Recycling—Chemistry Can!” and should reflect some aspect of the chemistry of recycling: materials, processes, or uses for recycled materials.
• All entries must be original works without aid from others.
• Each poem should be submitted and illustrated on an unlined 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper (of any type). The illustration should be created by hand using crayons, watercolors, other types of paint, colored pencils or markers. The text of the poem should be easy to read and may be printed with a computer, or the poem may be written on lined paper which is cut out and pasted onto the unlined paper with the illustration.
• Only one entry per student will be accepted.
• All entries must have the following information included on the back of the entry: student’s name, grade, home address, telephone number, school name, school address, teacher’s name, email, and school telephone number (both addresses are used for sending prizes; please provide complete information). ACS CCED coordinators will add the local section name, their name and email address when submitting entries to the national contest.
• ACS CCED coordinators will identify and submit a maximum of one winning entry in each of the four (4) grade categories to the national contest.
• Poems for the national contest must be submitted by ACS CCED coordinators electronically (as scanned pdf files) or by mail. National contest entries must be received by the ACS in Washington, DC by Tuesday, April 10, 2007. National winners will be announced on or before April 22, 2007.
• ACS is not responsible for lost, damaged, or delayed postal shipments and electronic submission is encouraged.
• All illustrated haikus and/or digital representations of the haikus become the property of the American Chemical Society.
• Acceptance of prizes constitutes consent to use winners’ names, likenesses and entries for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes.
Entries will be judged based upon:
• Originality and Creativity
• Relevance to and Incorporation of Theme
• Neatness
• Adherence to Haiku Style
Office of Community Activities * American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW * Washington, DC 20036
800-227-5558, x4458 *
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