Shows FAQ

Student levels?

Year 1 to Year 10

Which areas of Australia?

In the state of Victoria and interstate on request

How many students per session?

Usually up to 100.  This will depend on the venue but smaller is definitely better as students are closer to the action and we will have a better interaction.   I do reserve the right to limit the number of students for safety reasons.  For Science Nights and special events the attendee number can be higher. In the hands-on workshops, we restrict the size to 30 students.

I have a different topic. Can you help?

We specialise in Chemistry & Physics but can customise an engaging interactive presentation with appropriate content.  We have delivered sessions on “Scientific Discoveries”,  “Change”,  “Air”, “Product development” and others. Please let us know what you have in mind.

How about the Curriculum and Learning Areas?

Our content aligns with AusVELS and the new Australian Curriculum.  We need to know what your focus is to bring you the best outcomes.

Is there a minimum booking fee?

Yes. The minimum fee per visit is the cost equivalent of two sessions.  If you are from a small school (less than 70 students in the cohort) then we may be able to offer one extended science show with added hands-on workshops. This will be at the same cost as the two identical sessions.  Another option: We can present a show to one year level and a second show to another level.  Please discuss with your colleagues.
See our pricing page.

What is required on the day?

–  A demonstration area in a multipurpose room/hall/ classroom/lab at ground level or accessible by lift
–  Carpeted floor/floor area where students can be seated so all have a good view
–  Three rectangular trestle tables set up in advance in the room
–  Close proximity to a tap and basin (or canteen or kitchen within short walking distance)
–  The use of a rubbish bin
–  Access to an electrical power point if required
–  Access to the venue 45 minutes before and 30 minutes afterwards
–  Around 15 minutes in between shows for adjusting equipment & chemicals
–  Parking as close as possible to the room

Who does the presentation?

All Shows are presented by Carl Ahlers, scientist, educator & science communicator holding an MSc in Chemistry and Bachelors in Education. He frequently delivers talks at Labtech and Science Teacher Conferences and has welcomed over 1 million people at his presentations over the last 24 years.  More information on Carl’s work here.

How safe is the show?

Safety is of great importance. We have extensive experience in bringing these School Shows to more than 1 million students in 24 years, without any incident. We do carry full Public Liability Insurance to a total of $20 million.  A certificate of currency can be provided.  Carl has a current “Working with Children Check”.
 We can provide the school with a Risk Assessment or Job Safety Analysis.  Please email us to enquire.

Insurance, Working with Children Check

We can provide you with a copy of our 
–  Working with Children Check (WWCC)
–  Certificate of Currency (Public liability insurance to $20 million)
–  Risk Assessment for the sessions

Please advise by email


How to make a booking?

Please complete the enquiry form.

If you have other questions please email us here or complete the inquiry/ booking form.
Show topics are here.