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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7th OCTOBER, 2022 – MALVERN FESTIVAL OF INNOVATION
Oh yes, a little standup comedy the evening before the festival begins. Join for LOL. Sure, I’ll be at the festival on the Saturday, and being all grown up and everything, but it really kicks off the night before.
15th OCTOBER, 2022 – CHELMSFORD SCIENCE FESTIVAL (TBC)
It’s a new show; still in development, but promising to bring an air of theatricality to the festival. We’ll be looking in great detail how radio and physics are used and misunderstood by ghost hunters. Possibly more information here, just keep looking.
18th – 20th MAY, 2023 – LANCASHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL (TBC)
Finally back in full flow after a COVID hiatus. Bringing my whole new show to the people of Preston… hopefully. More news here, maybe?
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.