Shows Questions

FAQ's

At your school in the Melbourne Metro, Geelong, the Bellarine & Mornington Peninsulas, Golden Plains Shire, Ballarat. 
Other destinations and interstate on request.

Foundation to Year 11

The fees are listed at the bottom of this web page.  For show topics, please visit here.

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.  We reserve the right to limit the number of students for safety reasons.  For Science Nights and special events, the attendee number can be higher.

Yes. The minimum fee per visit is the cost equivalent of two sessions (2 x $540 plus GST).  If you are from a small school (less than 70 students in the cohort), please find another Year group to take up the second session.  There may be a small fee depending on the selection of their topic.  Please discuss this with your colleagues.  See our pricing below.

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 1.2 million at his presentations over the last 29 years.  More information on Carl’s work is here.

Safety is of great importance. We have extensive experience in bringing these School Shows to more than 1.2 million students in 29 years, without any incident.  Nevertheless, we carry full Public Liability Insurance to a total of $30 million.  A certificate of currency can be provided. Carl has a current “Working with Children Police Check”.
  We can provide the school with a Risk Assessment or Job Safety Analysis.  We have a Covid-19 Safe Plan.  Please email us to enquire.

We can provide you with a copy of our
–  Work Safe Insurance Cover
–  Certificate of Currency of our Public Liability Insurance to $30 million
–  Working with Children Check (WWCC)
–  Risk Assessment for the sessions 
Please request by email

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

Our content aligns with & compliments the Australian National Curriculum.  If you have a special focus, please let us know so we can plan for the visit, so you get the best outcome.

  • 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 (eg. canteen within short walking distance)
  • The use of a rubbish bin
  • Access to an electrical power point
  • Access to the venue 45 minutes before and 30 minutes afterwards
  • Around 15 minutes in between shows for adjusting equipment & chemicals
  • If available, parking on the school grounds.
    Thanks!

Please complete the enquiry form or phone Carl on 0405705009.

Our Science in a Box, is a box packed with 6 chemical science toys that will engage and teach while the students are having fun.  The content focuses on students 6 to 12 years old and is offered at a price so each one can have his own box.  (We also have the individual toys available in packs of 12).

Students take their boxes home as it has full instructions and investigation ideas so the learning can be extended.  All drafted by Prof Bunsen Science.

Pricing

Our fees are based on sessions and not on the number of students.

1.  Show fee
Our standard Science Show fee for a 1-hour session is $540 excl GST  (schools are refunded the GST by the ATO).  This is for a session of between 20 and 100 students, so costs start at $5.40 / student depending on your numbers. (If you are planning to have more than 100 in a session, this may be feasible depending on your venue and the added cost will be $3 per student exceeding 100).

2. Our minimum fee per visit is 2 x $540 = $1080 plus GST.  This can be made-up of
*  two identical 1-hour show sessions with half of your student cohort at a session, or
*  two 1-hour show sessions covering two different topics with all of your students at both sessions. Maximum of 100 students, or
*  two 1-hour show sessions (two different Year groups, two different topics may be possible but a small additional fee may be applicable)

3. Traveling Fee
We travel out of Geelong.  A set travel fee applies if we travel more than 80km (one way) on a day to cover time and expenses.  Thanks for your understanding and support!    Some indications: Werribee $40;  Western Melbourne $60;  Central Melbourne $80;  South Eastern Melbourne $100     Please send us an email to enquire.

4. Cancellation Fee
A cancellation fee applies to all confirmed bookings cancelled closer than 3 weeks to the date.  This is calculated at 40% of the total fee. This is not applicable if the cancellation is due to Covid-19 regulations.

Please note
–  We only have one presenter, Carl Ahlers, aka Prof Bunsen.  No other substitutes!  Please book early. 
–  A National Science Week surcharge (+10%) applies to all sessions booked in this very popular window of 11 to 23 August 2022

Payment
No deposit is required before our visit.  We will email an invoice after our visit for payment within three weeks.  If you require a school purchase order number on the invoice, please forward that to us.