The Department of Chemistry is pleased to showcase the wonder and excitement of Chemistry to audiences of all ages, beyond the university community. The aim of our outreach program is to acquaint the general public, prospective students, and young inquisitive minds with the fun side of chemistry. At the same time, we provide educational commentary and in many cases, hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
We are able to host events at our facilities, and we are also able to ‘take the show on the road’ in some instances. These events are made possible by working with our partners and volunteers in the larger University community, the Faculty of Science, and the Undergraduate Chemistry Society.
Organizations (schools, service clubs etc.) wishing to participate in, or host an outreach activity should e-mail the following information to:
- who you are (name and organization that you represent)
- full address where the program will be taking place
- how long you would like the presentation to last (a standard program consists of a one-hour presentation followed by a question and answer period; however, timing can be adjusted)
- audience demographics such as number of people, age, science knowledge background
- your contact information (phone number and email address)
If you are a community group or a school class and you would like to participate in this program, please contact us. Please be aware that our instructors, staff, volunteers, and our laboratories are generally occupied with our students during term-time which runs from Labour Day to early December, and January until late April, but other times may be able to be arranged. The workshops can be held on or off campus.
We can offer a variety of presentations and outreach activities in chemistry and science. We have the following suggestions to choose from:
- Chemistry Magic Shows (Primary-6; other ages too!) – Exploring the wonders of chemistry
- Food Science (Grade 11/12) – Eating healthy is an important concept for children to learn at an early age. This presentation deals with the building blocks of food, such as calories, fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. This presentation also includes testing food for fat, sugar, and starch. As well as a look at food additives such as food dyes or lakes.
- Chemistry Day (or half day). Open to grade 11 or grade 12 students; the Chemistry day can include a selection of the following events:
- A hands on chemistry lab
- Campus tour or science based tour
- Chemistry mini-lecture
- Admissions information session
- Free time to explore campus (if requested)
- Acids and Bases, Electrochemistry (grade level: 9-12)
- Polymers (any age group) –Slime, sodium polyacrylate, bouncy balls
- Crime Scene Chemistry (grades 10-12) – investigate a crime scene, Learn how evidence is collected
If you have other suggestions for a theme, we would love to put something else together. We would also be happy to discuss the activities with the teacher – especially for the high school classes, so we don’t repeat anything that may have been already done in class.
We also offer consulting and chemistry workshops for chemistry educators, scheduled as requested. It is our goal to create an open and inviting chemistry community to enhance the communication between the Department of Chemistry at Cape Breton University and chemistry teachers in Cape Breton and Nova Scotia.