Carleton University Office for Chemistry Outreach (CUOCO)


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Welcome to the website for the Carleton University Office for Chemistry Outreach (CUOCO). We aim to educate and entertain the public with events to display the fun and impressive power of chemistry and its importance in our daily lives.

CUOCO is pleased to announce the following upcoming event:

The 4th annual






Our next Chemistry Magic Show will be part of Science Rendezvous, a national day of celebration of science in Canada and activities to inspire young people to be enthusiastic about science. This year it will be Saturday, May 9 and CUOCO will be hosting our 4th annual outdoor Chemistry Magic Show at night! We will light up the sky and do things we can’t do indoors!

Time: Hands-on activities (more details below): 7:30 - 8:40 p.m.

Chemistry Magic Show: 8:45 until approximately 9:45

Location: The show will be at the outdoor amphitheatre between Southam and Paterson Halls and the MacOdrum Library. (Look for buildings SA, PA and ML on the bottom left of this campus map.) The amphitheatre can comfortably hold about 500 people. There are no tickets and all the activities are free! The show will start at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) and we will have some hands-on activities starting at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE!!!, however, we will be accepting donations of cash and non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank (suggested donation is $3 or 1 or 2 food items per person) as well as donations to fund our activities.

What can you expect? We will have some hands-on activities starting at 7:30 p.m. – come and make some slime and enjoy some liquid nitrogen ice cream! Check out the crazy smells we have – everything from cinnamon to skunk! And there will be more surprises on top of that, too! We are also history buffs so out of respect for the centenary of the start of World War I we will have a series of posters on how chemistry impacted the war and some unusual and surprising crossovers to the advancement of medicine.

The one-hour chemistry magic show will start at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.). See you there because we’re either going to glow it up or blow it up! 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.

What if we have bad weather on May 9th? In case of bad weather we will have the show at 8:45 p.m. in Theatre B in the basement of Southam Hall. The activities will also be in Southam Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m. Please note that if we do need to hold the show indoors that seating will be limited to 300 people. At this point, we do not plan to have overflow areas. However, with any luck, we won’t even have to worry about this!

Transportation: Parking is available on campus (map) in lots P1 (just to the left of building SA (Southam Hall) on the bottom left of the map) for a flat fee of $3 for the day. Carleton is also accessible via OC Transpo routes 4 and 7 (note that route 111 does not come to Carleton on weekends) and the O-Train Confederation line.


The video clip on the left below is a preview of our Chemistry Magic Show. The clip on the left is an interview from CTV2’s Ottawa Morning Live from May 2012, when we were getting ready for our very first outdoor magic show at night! It was a phenomenal success! What does that mean? We’re doing it again in May 2015!

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