Carleton University Office for Chemistry Outreach PresentsLight Up The Night with Chemistry in the DarkAn Outdoor Chemistry Magic Spectacular

Saturday, May 7th, 2016
A Part of Science Rendezvous

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Chemistry Magic Show

Fun for the whole family featuring explosions, a look at the inner workings of fireworks, spontaneous combustions and things that glow in the dark.

Magic Show begins at 8:45 p.m.

Hands-on Activities

Get a chance to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen, encounter interesting smells, make slime, see some of the demonstrations up close, and much more.

Hands-on activities will run from 7:30 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.

We’re either going to glow it up or blow it up!

8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

The one-hour chemistry magic show will start at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.). This free one-hour show features fun targeted at the whole family with explosions, a look at the inner workings of fireworks, spontaneous combustions and things that glow in the dark. The show is appropriate and fun for everyone ages 6 and up. Please be aware that there will be loud noises that may scare some small children.

Our goal for this event is to inspire, entertain and inform! We aim to wow you with the visual power of our demonstrations, highlight the underlying chemical and scientific principles behind them, and explain their applications and impacts on our everyday lives.

The chemistry Magic Show will be part of Science Rendezvous, a national day of celebration of science in Canada and activities to inspire young people to be enthusiastic about science.

Hands-on Activities

7:30 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.

There will be hands-on activities before the show starting at 7:30. You can make ice cream with liquid nitrogen (and yes, of course you can eat it!), encounter interesting smells, make slime (that you can take home), see some of the demonstrations up close, and much more. This year we will be joined by Let’s Talk Science, who will be adding even more hands-on activities to this already fantastic event! As a special treat, Carleton’s Physics Department will also be there with a couple of telescopes so that you can check out at the sun (before dark) and Jupiter (after dark).

Every year we try to expand our activities and this year, in addition to being joined by Let’s Talk Science and the Physics Department, we’ve been working on lots of new smells. For example, where does that smokey aroma and flavour of food come from? What makes cooked beef smell like beef? Come see us on May 7 and you will be able to find out…

Event Details

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hands-on activities start at 7:30 p.m.
Chemistry Magic Show starts at 8:45 p.m.

At Carleton University

In the outdoor amphitheatre between Southam and Paterson Halls. See map for details.

Free Admission

However, we will be accepting donations of cash and non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank.

Food Trucks Available

Food trucks serving fusion and burgers /hotdogs will be available from 6:00 p.m.