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 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.
‘Under Pressure’ brings levitation, implosions, explosions and rockets demostrations for people to take part in.
‘What You Know and Why You Don’t’ 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.
‘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.
‘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.
3rd NOVEMBER 2017 – ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS, BIRMINGHAM
Storytelling my adventures in outreach with students from Engineers Without Borders at the University of Birmingham.
15th & 16th FEBRUARY 2018 – SMASHFEST, DEPTFORD
Early plans in place to be busking around the Albany Theatre in Deptford. Details to follow.
3rd MARCH 2018 – MALVERN FESTIVAL OF IDEAS
The theme is conflict, so my workshops will examine stories of famous science arguments and invite visitors to pit their design skills against each other in a ‘Flight-off’.
10th MAY 2018 – HOBART HIGH SCHOOL, NORFOLK
Really looking forward to delivering the Community Science Lecture for pupils and the local community.
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28th to 30th JUNE 2018 – LANCASHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL, PRESTON
Stuff is going to happen. I’ll be there, and details of what I’ll be doing there will be coming to shortly.