Extreme Science Show

The EXTREME SCIENCE show is presented annually to elementary and secondary school students in the mid Vancouver Island region as well as to the general public. The show features some very exciting demonstrations presented by professors from the Physics and Chemistry departments at Vancouver Island University. To get an idea of some of the demonstrations check out the following videos that have appeared on local television: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L4kuPi1NQA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9btzF5Nh758.

The EXTREME SCIENCE show serves two purposes. First, it is meant to get kids excited about science. The second purpose of the show was as a fund raiser for LED Africa. LED Africa is a charitable organization that was created in order to provide solar powered lighting to rural secondary schools in Malawi. See the LED Africa page. Since 2018 the charity has changed direction and has been primarily involved with science promotion in Malawi and in 2020 became Science To All.

2021 Show Dates (cancelled due to pandemic)

Planned dates for the 2021 EXTREME SCIENCE school shows are as follows:

Date         Venue                                       Time
May 18     VIU Theatre (Nanaimo)            10:00 AM
May 19     VIU Theatre (Nanaimo)            10:00 AM
May 20     VIU Theatre (Nanaimo)            10:00 AM
May 20     VIU Theatre (Nanaimo)            7:00 PM (public show)
May 21     VIU Theatre (Nanaimo)            10:00 AM


Extreme Scientists

Debbie Hearn
Ray Penner
Peter Diamente
Sandy Patrick


A breakdown of the annual attendance at the shows is as follows

     Year       # of shows       Total attendance
     2009       4                     1130
     2010       4                     1150
     2011       4                     1150
     2012       5                     1450
     2013       6                     2170
     2014       6                     1910
     2015       5                     1360
     2016       5                     1440
     2017       5                     1440
     2019       5                     1450



In addition to Vancouver Island University, Fairwinds Golf Club and the following Engineering firms have also been sponsors of the Extreme Science show over the years.