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.
‘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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14th DECEMBER 2018 – UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER
Think communication is a soft skill? This hot topic session will argue the value of effective communication in changing policy and lives. We’ll draw on recent examples and challenge our perceptions.
18th DECEMBER 2018 – BIRMINGHAM REGIONAL LEGO LEAGUE
I’m going to be MC for the Birmingham regional tournament of Lego League event at the university of Birmingham. This annual competition promotes STEM subjects in schools, encouraging children to learn new skills and to introduce them to concepts of engineering.
12th JANUARY 2019 – ASE CONFERENCE FAMILY FESTIVAL
If you are coming to the annual conference for the Association of Science Educators and don’t want to leave your family behind, bring them to the conference where we will be having a mini science festival, while you have to work.
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.
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.
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.