Shows Questions

Shows 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 to two sessions.  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 30 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.

Please complete the enquiry form or phone Carl on 0405705009.

Our small science toys will engage and teach while the students are having fun.  The content is focused on students 6 to 12 years old and is offered at a price so each one can have his own.  Students may take these home as it has full instructions and investigation ideas so the learning can be extended.  All drafted by Prof Bunsen Science.


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

1. Session fee
Our Science Session fees are listed below.  These are for 1-hour sessions, and fees are without GST (the ATO refunds schools the GST). 
We usually have between 30 and 100 students, so costs start at $5.50 per student, depending on your numbers and location. (It is possible to have more than 100 students in a session, depending on your venue – the added cost will be $3 per student above 100).

2. Our minimum booking per visit is for two sessions.  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 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. Travel Fee
We travel out of Geelong and include a travel fee in certain areas to compensate for time and costs.  Thanks for your understanding! See session fees below.  If you are from another area, please email us.

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

Session fees per location (travel fee is included but not GST)

Greater Geelong & Surf Coast to Aires Inlet   $550

Werribee / Point Cook / Ballarat   $570

Western Melbourne   $580

Northern Melbourne / Sunbury   $590

Melbourne / Inner Eastern Melbourne   $590

South Eastern Melbourne / Templestowe    $600

Frankston / Mornington   $620

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 the popular window of 10 to 23 August 2023.

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