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You can explore this field by joining high school science clubs or organizations such as the Technology Student Association (http://www.tsaweb.org) and taking part in extracurricular activities. Science contests are a good way to apply principles learned in classes to a special project. You can read the American Chemical Society's (ACS) ChemMatters (http://www.acs.org), a magazine for students taking chemistry in high school. Examples of topics covered in the magazine include the chemistry of lipstick, suntan products, contact lenses, and carbon-14 dating. The ACS also has a division for chemical technicians; visit https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/college-to-career/chemists/job-type/chemical-technology.html.html?_ga=1.24961849.2006407400.1462976240 for more information. Also, qualifying students can participate in Project SEED (http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/highschool/seed.html), a summer program designed to provide high school students from economically disadvantaged homes with the opportunity to experience science research in a laboratory environment.

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