A Volatile History of Chemistry

A Volatile History of Chemistry is an interactive time-travelling adventure through the history of chemistry. Using audience participation and spectacular chemistry demonstrations, you will go on a explosive journey through the history and important concepts from the world of chemistry in a way you have never experienced before. This exciting and explosive interactive science show will change the way you will see Chemistry forever.

This show is suitable for KS3, KS4 and KS5. However, this should can be adapted for family and community audiences for those ages 7 and upwards.

Please note, this show contains loud sounds/bangs throughout the performance and whilst we will make you aware when these are going to occur this show may not be suitable for those who are sensitive to these noises.

All shows are 50 minutes in duration, however, can cater to large audiences depending on the suitability of the location.

This session links in with the national curriculum in the following ways

  • The properties of the different states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) in terms of the particle model, including gas pressure 
  • Changes of state in terms of the particle model. 
  • A simple (Dalton) atomic model 
  • Combustion, thermal decomposition, oxidation and displacement reactions 
  • What catalysts do.
  • Energy changes on changes of state 
  • Exothermic and endothermic chemical reactions 

  • A simple model of the atom consisting of the nucleus and electrons
  • Changes of state of matter in terms of particle kinetics, energy transfers and the relative strength of chemical bonds and intermolecular forces
  • Identification of common gases 
  • Factors that influence the rate of reaction: varying temperature or concentration, changing the surface area of a solid reactant or by adding a catalyst 

  •  Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject 

  • This show will generate a socially constructive environment that will promote direct and incidental learning opportunities through informal science education in the chemistry subject area that is directly relevant to and supports GCSE and A-Level chemistry curriculum which may lead to increased attainment.
  • Promotion of questioning, engagement in the science classroom and discussion of careers.
  • A contextual position for chemistry learning that will help your young learners position their knowledge.
  • A directly inspirational and aspiration experience for young adults which is relevant to those particularly in from a widening participation background as our team are local to the Black Country and present an alternative to the social norms of the ‘scientist’.

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