Chemistry All around You
With explosively fun demonstrations, Chemistry All Around You is an exciting, engaging and at times very loud presentation available to Alberta teachers and their students! Delivered by two Edmonton based volunteers, the program provides content that goes beyond what teachers could reasonably and safely show their students in a classroom setting. Presentations are held in school gymnasiums for groups of up to 350 students. The experiments and demonstrations are tailored to be age appropriate for students from grades 3 to 12 with up to 3 or 4 consecutive grades attending a presentation together.
Each presentation includes science curriculum content from many grades and the presenters will customize content for each audience. Topics covered include the properties of solids, liquids and gases, the composition of our atmosphere, the concepts of freezing, melting, evaporation and sublimation, the unique properties of polymers, the fluorescence of selected chemicals, the reactivity of common substances such as sea salt, flour and soda to other everyday materials and chemical compounds. And most importantly how these chemical reactions occur in the world “All Around You”.
Depending on individual school situations and teacher needs the presentation can be from 45 to 90 minutes long. Although presentations are prioritized for Edmonton area schools, ASN volunteers often take the program on the road for two to four days stints.
- Unfortunately the Government of Alberta has cut our grant that supported our school programs (Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom, and Chemistry All Around You).
- In order to continue to offer SEitC and CAAY presentations, we kindly request schools to voluntarily collect loonie and/or toonie donations from participating students. This way we strive to keep this science outreach program as accessible as possible to all schools. Cost should not be a deterrent to receiving this exciting demonstration of chemistry in action!
- Donations can be made online here: https://www.albertasciencenetwork.ca/involved_donate.html (preferred). Or, cheques, made out to Alberta Science Network, can be sent to Alberta Science Network, 70 High Street SE, PO Box 89088, Calgary, AB T2Z 3W3, or given to the presenter. Please let us know if you require a tax receipt
“His presentations certainly have enhanced the understanding of chemistry for our students…students are able to recognize applications between theory, and practical applications in industry and technology.” – high school Department Head of Science
For more information, please contact Jeffrey Newton: .