The Carleton University Office for Chemistry Outreach presents the 2020 Chemistry Magic Show!

JAN. 19, 2020 – Chemistry Magic Show (Indoor) at Carleton
*Free Admission *Public Event *Family Oriented

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Carleton University’s Department of Chemistry is back with its 13th annual Chemistry Magic Show on Sunday, January 19, 2020. Come see flames, explosions, amazing colour changes, things that glow in the dark, and so much more!

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

Offering Three Magic Shows in One Day

The first show begins in Richcraft Hall at 10:30 a.m. with two more at 1:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. respectively. Each show will last about 1 hour. This free event features fun targeted at the whole family with explosions, a look at the inner workings of fireworks, reactions that can tell time, and things that glow in the dark. The show is appropriate and fun for everyone ages 5 and up. Please be aware that there will be loud noises that may scare some younger children.

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 9:00 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. in the Superlab (Steacie Building, room 204).

Schedule: Sunday, January 19, 2020

Hands-on Activities (Staecie Building)
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Chemistry Magic Show #1 (Richcraft Hall)
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Chemistry Magic Show #2 (Richcraft Hall)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Chemistry Magic Show #3 (Richcraft Hall)
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Locations and Parking on Campus

Shows: Richcraft Hall, room 2200

Hands-on Activities: Staecie Building, room 204


PARKING OPTIONS: Free parking available in Parking Garage P9 that is located next to Roberson Hall. Other paid parking options include P16 – Richcraft Building (underground) and University Drive.

Free Admission

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 city. 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 life-long 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.

Registration Not Required

Free tickets will be distributed on the day of the event and can be obtained upon arrival at Richcraft Hall or Staecie Building. Tickets (seating) will be first come, first serve. Each show will have ~340 available seats. Please plan to arrive early to ensure admittance to your preferred show time.

Overflow Room Available

We will live stream the show in an overflow room if there is no space remaining in the auditorium.