05 Demo Show

Demonstration Show
Harnessing Energy
This event is limited to the first 18 entries

  • Perform a 3-minute live chemistry demonstration (no video presentation this year) that safely shows how energy can be harnesses using your understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering, and or material science.       
  • The demonstration must include either an exothermic reaction with an explanation of how the energy released could be used to do work OR a chemical or material system that actually generates power.
  • Emphasis is on being innovative, the possible practicality of your process, and your understanding of the process.
  • You may use textbooks and the internet to gather information both for safety and understanding. Design your demonstration based on what you have learned. 
  • Prepare a paper which describes how your demonstration can be used to teach the assigned topic. Your paper should include:

o   a list of educational objectives that describe what the presentation is to achieve.

o   complete instructions and procedures for the safe method of doing the demonstration.   

o   a list of chemicals, supplies and other materials.

o   pertinent diagrams, and hazards and disposal methods.

o   a list of relevant references.


Live Harnessing Energy Demonstration

  • Any "SAFE" exothermic reaction or "SAFE" production of power by chemical or material science methods is permitted.  Methods to produce power include batteries, fuel cells, thermocouples, and solar cells.  Since the event will be held in a large lecture hall, a chemical fume hood will not be available.   Therefore, you must choose a demonstration that does not require a hood for ventilation.   Any experiment deemed unsafe by the judges based on the written paper write-up will not be allowed.
  • Demonstrators and coaches must observe the ACS Guidelines for Safe Demonstrations 
  • Demonstrating and teaching correct principles is of paramount importance.
  • Creativity is also important.
  •  Presentation should include:
The goal of your demonstration
How power generation is possible through chemistry, chemical engineering, and/or material science

Your understanding or your process and being able to explain it so a high school audience can understand it
  • This events must be completed by a team of 2-3 students.
  • The demonstration is limited to 3:00 minutes. Points will be deducted for going overtime.

Written Report

  • Your written report (including chemicals used, formulas, diagrams, charts, etc.) may not exceed four pages - 12 pt., single spaced. 
  • Do not include a cover page.
  • Identify your school, team (A or B), coach & names of students on top of the first page.
  • All sources of information must be identified clearly (written sources as well as a list of people who provided assistance).
  • Four (4) copies of the complete report (plus DVD/CD, if applicable) must be received by the Director of the NJCO by the deadline indicated in the Competition Guidelines. The reports must be clearly labeled with the school name.  If applicable, also indicate, team A or B.

Presentation at NJIT on the Day of the Event

  • The presentation will be shown in Tiernan Lecture Hall 1.
  • The demonstration should last at most 3 minutes.  Points are lost for taking more than 3 minutes.
  • Be prepared for a 3-minute question and answer period moderated by the head judge during which the judges will verify your understanding of the topic.

Judging Criteria

  • Safety, 10%
  • Paper, 10%
  • Effectiveness of the demonstration in addressing the learning objective, 20%
  • Innovation and practicality, 20%
  • Knowledge of subject,  20%
  • Responses to judge's questions,  20%
Team Identification

It is crucial to identify all submissions with the information below, to prevent mix-up.  In particular, schools with multiple teams must clearly differentiate between team A and B

Each submission (research reports, CDs, DVD, reports, etc) must include the following 4 items:

  1. Name of school
  2. Team A or B designation, if applicable
  3. Names of students (clearly printed legibly)
  4. Name of coach


Event designed by Frank Ellis,  NJIT