What type of things does Jon do? Choose from shows and science busking performance, hands-on workshops, talks, and training sessions related to science communication and public engagement with research.
The following examples are typically one hour, demo-based shows suitable for primary, key stage 3 and 4, family and large audiences. They can be shorter if required. If you want something specific and you don’t see it listed on those sites, drop me a message.
‘School of Water Wizardry’ We dance as water molecules, forming ice and explaining density; We prove teachers wrong by taking water sub-zero; We stretch, bend and split water. When we’re ready, we’ll blow it up! Everyone graduates.
‘From Plate to Poo’ is exactly the journey it sounds like! ‘Not into mushrooms? Sick of sprouts? Always finding sweetcorn when you haven’t eaten any? Let’s bust some guts myths and unravel some bowels secrets, complete with experiments you can try on your family. Learn dinner time facts way more disgusting than sprouts and mushrooms!
‘Why Do We Do That?’brings the experience of the greatest hits of psychology and neuroscience to your audience. Covers attention, influence, social psychology, biopsychology and neuroimaging in a practical way.
‘Under Pressure’ brings levitation, implosions, explosions and rockets demostrations for people to take part in.
‘Subliming the Ridiculous’celebrates the move from alchemy to chemistry and disproving the four classical Greek elements; earth, air, fire and water. It covers: turning copper into ‘gold’, the scientific method, drawing a vacuum, starting fire with air pressure, burning wire wool to form new compounds, identifying acids, making and burning hydrogen, splitting water in two.
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‘Half Baked Heroes’ shares the chemistry, physics and biology of everyday items found in the pantry. It covers: miraculin and taste receptors, pineapple and enzymes, the gases in prepackaged food, making gases including hydrogen explosion, supercooling water, whipping up marmite, non-newtonian fluids – custard and ketchup. As many of these as possible involve at least one volunteer from the audience. Much from this show is something students can explore more when they are home.
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24th JANUARY 2019 – THE BIG ‘LITTLE’ EVENT, THINKTANK, BIRMINGHAM
Want a go at delivering a demo and learn scicomm skills? Then come to this wonderful primer course, produced by BIG, the STEM Communicators Network. I’ll be putting you through your paces in a fun way.
2nd MARCH 2019 – MALVERN FESTIVAL OF IDEAS
You’ll find me at the Malvern Cube, Albert road North, 10am to 4pm, where we’ll be making paint and creating a ‘masterpiece’. It’s a hands on workshop for children and parents.
22nd MARCH 2019 – UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER
How to strategically reach an audience. We unpack a simple method for communicating with the right people in the right way. Bring your creative sense with you.
27th to 29th JUNE 2019 – LANCASHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Catch the new show, The Science of Food, from Plate to Poo! I’m looking forward to being disgusting with all the wonderful primary schools from the region. If you want to be repulsed, you are all welcome on Saturday as it’s family day.
5th & 6th JULY 2019 – WOLVERHAMPTON SCIFEST
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon. Primary day is Friday and family day is Saturday. I’ll be here… that’s in Wolverhampton, not on the moon, obviously.
12th JULY 2019 – BIG BANG, SUTTON HIGH STREET, LONDON
I’ve registered my desire to come and busk in Sutton High Street, as part of the Big Bang event. Let’s see if I get to go. Last year was beautiful and bright; wishing for the same again.
Typical day rates are £300 a day for as many shows as can be squeezed in, bearing in mind time to reset between each show. Additional charges for travel and/or accommodation may be required depending on location and length of day required. Audiences can be large as video projection can be used to ensure everyone gets close to the action.