Bright Ideas Show at Satrosphere Science Centre

Project aims:

Through an interactive science show, we wanted the audience to engage with the topic of light and colour. By using visual demonstrations and light humour, our main aim was to entertain the audience while they learned about different scientific topics.

Summary of activity:

In producing this interactive science show, we felt it was important to work from a ‘ground-up’ approach. We used a basic planning process to ensure that our show had appropriate aims, and ensure we stuck to those aims throughout the production process. This process comprised of three basic principles:

1. What do we want the audience to learn?

2. How do we demonstrate this interactively?

3. How do we make links between topics to allow the show to flow?

With this in mind we started with the basics of light; what is light, how does it move and how do we use it to see? As part of how we use light to see we were able to introduce colour and how our eyes sense different colours. This then allowed us to link into different wavelengths of light, including how rainbows form and from there looking at individual wavelengths of light using lasers. Each section of the show had a demonstration to help the audience visualise the information within the show. These demonstrations also relied on audience participation, ensuring that the audience were engaged and involved in the different aspects of the show.

To ensure that the information in the show was accurate we enlisted the help of the University of Aberdeen to go over the information in the show and help with ideas on how to make the science simple and yet keep the information accurate.

Evaluation approach:

What went well:

1. The interactive aspect worked very well with younger audiences as they loved playing an active role in the show.



2. The way the information in each section of the show linked together allowed the audience to digest the information in the show for easier.



3. The added humour allowed all audiences to enjoy the content of the show unimpeded by their understanding of the science content.

What was learned:

1. Having shows that are dependent on audience participation are sometimes difficult when met with few volunteers.



2. Keeping the science simple yet accurate can sometimes be challenging.



3. Do not rely on props working properly throughout the entire running of the show. Always have a backup plan.

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About this project

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Started (approximately):

November 2012

Ended: (approximately)

March 2013

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About the contributor

Greg Borthwick
Satrosphere Science Centre

I am an Explainer at Satrosphere Science Centre, writing and performing shows for schools and the public.…

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