“So You Think You Can Demo” is a contest designed to encourage skilled educators to share their expertise, communication abilities and creativity with other educators and ultimately with students.

Note:  Because the submission deadline was extended, the mystery topics will be given out on May 24, 2013. 

The contest consists of three stages:

1.  Video submission of any chemistry demonstration.

Video guidelines

Chemistry Educators are asked to prepare a video (you may submit more than one!) of a Chemistry demonstration which includes the following elements:

  • Clearly articulates a strong link to curriculum expectations
  • Is visually interesting and entertaining
  • Illustrates exemplary classroom safety
  • Allows other teachers to easily reproduce the demonstration in terms of procedure and materials.
  • Is no more than 5 minutes long (about 2 -3 minutes would be ideal). ChemEd 2013 cannot provide help with video editing but getting help with the editing of the video from friends, colleagues and/or students at your school is encouraged.

2.  The Top video finalists are given a mystery topic for which to create a second video.

Top video selections

The top 10 videos will be selected by a panel of Chemistry judges which includes High School Teachers, University and College Professors. These 10 videos will be available on the ChemEd 2013 website so that other educators can benefit. There will be a short biography of each of the finalists accompanying the videos. Keep in mind that not only the video but also the clarity of the written submissions (procedure, safety, curriculum expectations, etc…) on the entry form are crucial in the selection of finalists.

The 10 finalists will be asked to prepare a second video based on a Chemistry topic commonly found in High school Chemistry programs, along with an outline of the curriculum expectations that relate to that topic. The Chemistry mystery topic will be released on  May 3rd, 2013 May 23, 2013 individually to each of the finalists. Finalists will then be asked to submit the second video by June 30th, 2013 July 2, 2013. All of the finalists’ second videos will be posted on-line and ChemEd 2013 committee members participants and teachers will get 1 week to vote on their favourite videos.

3.  Top 3 finalists will compete live at ChemEd 2013 Opening Ceremony              

Top three finalists

The top three videos will be announced Friday, July 19th 2013, approximately 1 week before ChemEd 2013. The top three award winners will be asked to perform their demonstrations live at the ChemEd 2013 Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, July 28th, 2013. Keep in mind it will be the performer’s responsibility to ensure that all materials and necessary equipment can be shipped or transported to the University of Waterloo for the Ceremonies.


The deadline for submission of the videos is April 15th, 2013.

The Top 10 finalists will be notified on May 24th, 2013.

The Chemistry mystery topic will be released on May 24th, 2013.

The second video submission is due on June 30th, 2013.

The Top three finalists will be announced on July 19th, 2013.

The awards will be presented at the ChemEd 2013 Opening Ceremonies on July 28th, 2013.