As the regular reader will know, I’m a skeptic when it comes to video demonstrations. There are times, however, when the scale of video and the resources of broadcast make something possible which otherwise wouldn’t be.
This is one such demo. Great stuff.
[hat-tip: Siân Harris, via Twitter.]
When preparing science media for children, treat the children with the utmost respect and be playful with the science.
Too often, I see this done the other way around. Which is wrong on both counts. This is one of those things which is at once staggeringly obvious, and deceptively subtle.
Last week, Alom was on Inside Science – the new Radio 4 science strand, hosted by Adam Rutherford – talking about practical work. He wasn’t wildly happy with the way the piece turned out, but apparently the public response to the item was terrific. Which, you know, could be taken either way.
Anyway, this week the show has Robin Millar from the University of York speaking on the same subject. Before we headed to the US, we stopped off in York and interviewed Robin and his colleague Mary Whitehouse for the Demo Documentary – we’re very happy with the way that interview turned out, Robin and Mary are real gurus of this stuff.
If you’re in the UK you can do the ‘listen again’ thing: Inside Science, Thursday 12th September 2013.
Theatre, props and explanations, oh my!