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.
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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.
20th APRIL 2018 – SCIENCE BUSKER TRAINING, BIRMINGHAM
Delivering training to the science busking team ahead of the Pint of Science festival pouring into Birmingham in May.
25th APRIL 2018 – NOTTINGHAM DTP CONFERENCE
A workshop all about how to present your science to researchers at the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership conference at the University of Nottingham.
5th MAY 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’. Storm Emma meant we had to reschedule from early March.
10th MAY 2018 – HOBART HIGH SCHOOL, NORFOLK
Really looking forward to delivering the Community Science Lecture for pupils and the local community.
25th JUNE to 16th JULY 2018 – BASKERVILLE SCHOOL
As part of my BOM fellowship, I’ll be trialling some different approaches to key stage 3 science. I’m going to be working with kids with autism, teaching physics through art.
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.
6th & 7th JULY 2018 – WOLVERHAMPTON SCIENCE FESTIVAL
With the festival focussing on primary children and families, I’ll be joining award winning primary teacher, Jules Pottle and reprising the Cloud Factory with Sarah Bearchell.
TO SEE EVENTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED, SEE A SELECTION HERE.
14th JULY 2018 – THE BIG BANG LONDON FAMILY DAY
The centre of Sutton will be transformed into a science trail leading you from the station to Sutton Grammar School. I’ll be busking in Sutton High Street, near Waterstones. Full details are here.