Carleton University Office for Chemistry Outreach Presents Light Up the Night with Chemistry in the Dark to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table We aim to wow you like never before in our most exciting show ever!
An Outdoor Chemistry Magic Spectacular

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

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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. This is going to be a special show as part of the UNESCO International Year of the Periodic Table of the Elements (#IYPT2019).

Magic Show begins at 8:45 p.m.

Hands-on Activities

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



Hands-on activities will start at 7:00 p.m.

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

Hands-on activities starts at 7:00 p.m.
Chemistry Magic Show starts at 8:45 p.m.

The one-hour chemistry magic show will start at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.). This free one-hour show (parking is also free) 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.

Instead of charging admission for this event, we will be accepting donations of cash and non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank. We do this because we want our event to be open and accessible to everyone in our community. As both educators and parents, those of us that coordinate Carleton’s Chemistry Magic Show recognize that it is hard to learn when you are hungry and struggling in school can have lifelong implications. Food poverty and insecurity also disproportionately impacts children. That’s why we direct all cash donations to the Ottawa Food Bank’s programs that support food in Ottawa-area schools.

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.

Our Chemistry Magic Show will be part of both Science Rendezvous, a national day of celebration of science in Canada and activities to inspire young people to be enthusiastic about science, and Science Odyssey, a ten-day Canada-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Hands-on Activities

Starts at 7:00 p.m.

There will be hands-on activities before the show starting at 7:00 p.m. You can make ice cream with liquid nitrogen (and yes, of course you can eat it!), encounter interesting smells (from the pleasant aromas of spices to the not so nice aromas of sweaty feet, and everything in between), learn about fluorescence and phosphorescence, discover the secret to making great bubbles, see some of the demonstrations up close, and much more.

Come see us on May 11, 2019!

Event Details

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hands-on activities start at 7:00 p.m.

Chemistry Magic Show starts at 8:45 p.m.

At Carleton University

Alumni Park (Next to Robertson Hall) - Outdoor Show

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Free Admission

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

What About the Weather?

If the weather forecast for May 11 is questionable, please check our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for updates. In case of inclement weather, we will likely postpone the show to the following Friday (May 17) or Saturday (May 18).

Transportation

Parking Garage (P9) is located next to Alumni Park (the event location) and Roberson Hall. Parking will be free for the event. Carleton is also accessible via OC Transpo routes 7, 10, 104, 111 and the O-Train Trillium line. (Please note that bus routes may change if the O-Train Confederation line is operational by May 11.)

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Updates

Check our Facebook and our Twitter feed for updates about the event.

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