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High School Tours

Tour Overview:

ABB labs

Our tours are designed for high school students interested in the study of chemistry, chemical biology, and sustainable chemistry. Led by graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, tours usually last up to 150 minutes and consist of:

  1. A 15 minute pre-lab talk by the experiment leads;
  2. A 90 minute “hands on” laboratory experiment (See short descriptions of available experiments below.)
  3. An additional 45 minutes to complete associated experiment worksheet

Tour Cost:

To provide a safe educational environment for students, fees are collected to offset the expenses associated with employing student lab supervisors.

Costs range from $100-$450 (plus HST) depending on your class size. An accurate quote will be provided once we receive your application form.

An official invoice will be issued and is payable within 30 days via EFT, wire, online payment, or cheque.

Tour Application:

In-Person Laboratory Tour Application

Please allow up to 72 business hours for a response. Please contact Tanja Petrovic if you do not receive a response.

Experiment Descriptions:

Copper Cycles: In this experiment, students will start with elemental copper and will synthesize several copper compounds and finally recover the original elemental copper. Comparison of the final weight of copper obtained with the starting weight of copper will provide participants with a percent recovery yield. This experiment will introduce participants to performing simple chemical reactions. They will also learn basic laboratory skills and how to write observations.

Sustainable Chemistry Polymers: Students will learn about sustainability and green chemistry. In the experiment, students will be sorting plastics like at a recycling facility, creating a degradable polymer, and breaking down a renewable polymer. This experiment is related to the grade 11 curriculum focusing on the mole.


If you require any further information, please contact Tanja Petrovic (Academic Department Manager) at

McMaster Campus Tours

All other campus tours must be booked independently from the Chemistry lab tour.

Click here if you wish to book a Science Tour to see what the Faculty of Science at McMaster University has to offer.

You may also be interested in arranging a general McMaster Campus Tour through our Student Recruitment Office. Please click here for more information. Virtual tours are available.