Chemists Celebrate Earth Week
Lesson Plan Contest
The Curious Chemistry of Amazing Algae

AACT is excited to offer a content writing opportunity for K-12 teachers of chemistry. The contest is open to current AACT members. Participants will submit their idea for one exciting and unique Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) themed lesson plan. The 2023 theme is The Curious Chemistry of Amazing Algae.
Submission ideas will be reviewed on a rolling basis. AACT will select winning lesson plan ideas that are appropriate for elementary science, middle school science or high school chemistry. Winning lessons will be published in the AACT Classroom Resource Library, and featured on social media. All winners will earn $250 and a CCEW goody bag for their participation!


  • Be an AACT member. Not a member? Join now!
  • Be a current K–12 teacher of chemistry! (Including K–5 science teachers, 6–8 physical science teachers, and 9–12 chemistry teachers)
  • Submit your lesson plan idea through the application form below, by Monday, March 20, 2023.
  • Be willing and able to put your idea into the AACT template.

To participate in this content writing opportuntiy, please complete the application form below. You will be required to summarize your idea for an exciting, original CCEW themed lesson plan. It should be appropriate for use in a K–12 classroom. We are looking for unique and exciting lesson ideas. You may submit more than one entry. If selected, you will use the AACT template for the specific idea described in your application. 

Important notes:

  • Please be sure to check the AACT Classroom Resource Library to make sure your lesson plan idea hasn't been previously published! 
  • Lesson plans cannot be created based on the use of a pre-made chemistry kit sold by a Scientific Education supply company.


Below are a few examples of Algae Chemistry topics that might help you get started:

  • Molecular structure/composition of different algae and uses
  • Algae and the processes of photosynthesis and respiration
  • Algae poisoning/algal blooms
  • Edible algae

Additionally, check out these ChemMatters magazine articles related to the theme for more ideas: 

Any questions can be directed to Feel free to check out the AACT website at!

Entry Form
Confirm that you are a current AACT member. *
Background information 
What grade level do you currently teach? *
Lesson Plan Idea
What is the primary grade level that this lesson plan is intended? *
*You will be emailed a copy of your responses for your reference.