The attached letter contains all the information necessary to get started. Basically, all it takes is an email to me stating that they do want to participate and how many students will take the test. Then I will mail them ACS Local Section Chemistry exams and blank student answer forms (half page Scantron sheets). After I have received all the student answer forms (by March 28), I grade them to select the top 10 (maximum for our Section, with an ACS limit of 2 students per high school) to take the National Chemistry Olympiad (NCO) exam on April 12 at UNM.
More information about the ACS Chemistry Olympiad competition is available at www.acs.org/olympiad, and previous year exams with answer keys are posted for study purposes. Both the Local Section Chemistry exam and the NCO exam are widely considered to be excellent preparation for the AP Chemistry exam.
For everyone receiving this email, please feel free to forward it and my attachment to other chemistry teachers in NM that you think might be interested in participating.
Gilbert (Gil) Butler, Ph.D. (LANL retired)
National Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator
Central NM Section ACS
522 Canyon Road
Los Alamos, NM 87544
505 662 6670