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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25th to 27th JUNE 2020 – LANCASHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL, PRESTON
Cancelled due to COVID-19. The debut of a very different science show, aimed at those who are not scienctists. A theatre piece exploring what switches us on to ‘doing science’ and building our sense of wonder. Welcome to the ‘Little Big Show’!
4th JULY 2020 – COCOMAD FESTIVAL, COTTERIDGE PARK, BHAM
Sorry, this event is cancelled too. We’re still going to have a party, but not in the same room. Joining many researchers in the fields and forest to present science secrets with people attending the Cotteridge Community Music, Arts and Dance festival. It’s a special day for #BrumSciComm, because now we are six, we’re celebrating with a science treasure hunt (heaven knows how yet).
11th JULY 2020 – SCIFEST, WOLVERHAMPTON
This one has gone as well now. Starting to think this year isn’t going to happen, right? Yeah, me too. Let’s restart this level and begin next year.
5th & 6th SEPTEMBER 2020 – KIDSFEST, SHREWSBURY
An event that might actually go ahead! Wow, I know! With the UCS team, sharing some great hands-on activities. More details to follow.
Typical day rates are £400 a day for up to four shows, 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.