Chemistry and Biochemistry

National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week celebrates all things chemistry during the third week of October (typically the same week as Mole Day – October 23) each year.  Founded by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and co-sponsored locally by the ACS Central Utah chapter at BYU, this community-based program aims to educate the public on the positive impact chemistry has in our everyday lives. 

We invite you to join us for a week of magic shows, lectures, and hands-on workshops to experience the exciting world of chemistry firsthand!

National Chemistry Week will be held the week of October 16-21, 2023. Please check back on October 1st for information about magic show times and tickets.

Chemistry magic shows are entertaining demonstrations of important chemistry principles.  Presented by our very own department faculty, these fun performances last one hour. Guests may spy tie-dyed lab coats, color-changing fluid, and controlled explosions!

Since seating is limited, free tickets are required.  They become available on a rolling basis two weeks before National Chemistry Week. Guests may register for up to 10 tickets per show.  Group tickets (11 – 20 tickets) may be requested by calling 801-422-6268.  If tickets aren’t available for the show of your choice, keep checking back to see if more have been released.  There will be a stand-by line for each show to fill in available seating five minutes before each show begins.

Click here for tickets.

Check out previous magic shows!

Click here to access the ACS’s website, which is chock-full of fun ideas for celebrating National Chemistry Week.

Some of our favorite activity ideas from previous NCWs were:

- create flubber (a polymer)

- make glue at home

- build a baking soda volcano

- go stargazing