A fantastic school chemistry show with flare!

See bubbling dry ice, colour changing chemical reactions, growing crystals, glow in the dark pigments, elephant’s toothpaste, stringy slimes, colourful flames and more!

Designed to cover a broad range of chemical concepts that is accessible to elementary students.

  • kitchen chemistry found at home
  • physical changes vs. chemical reactions
  • acids vs bases and indicators to detect them
  • acid rain
  • the chemistry of fireworks
  • properties of solids, liquids and gases
  • UV light and glowing chemicals
  • energy changes and more…

Show Demonstrations

Elephants toothpasteA foaming chemical reaction that needs a ‘helper’ chemical
Dry ice rainbowsSee colours form in water when an acid indicator is added
Impossible to burn paperAn old magic trick, showing that evaporation keeps materials cool
The blue bottleA spectacular chemical change from clear to blue
Coloured flamesDifferent materials burn with different colours… link to fireworks
The fire triangleOxygen is needed for fires… let’s prove it with a fireball!
Slimy stringsMade from a chemical found in seaweed… it’s in your ice cream too!
Glow chemistryGlowing salts and glowing shadows! Fluorescence in action.
Precipitate chemistryClear solutions mixed together can produce surprising results
Super absorberCheck out this super absorbent polymer used in magic tricks
Dry ice chemistryIs sublimation physical or a chemical reaction?

Curriculum

5-PS1-4 Matter and Its Interactions

Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.
 
NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all
students should develop
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understanding about scientific
inquiry

NS.5-8.2 Physical Science

As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of Properties of objects and materials
 
NS.5-8.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all
students should develop an understanding of
– Natural hazards
– Risks and benefits
– Science and technology in society