Category Archives: Science Theatre Shows

Awesome experiments and audience participation help to unravel science fact from science fiction in our fun, family-friendly Science Theatre shows. Shows change regularly and cover all sorts of science themes like dinosaurs, the weather, aerodynamics (with flying pigs as test pilots), reactions, chain reactions… the list goes on! Read on to find out more!

Kaleidoscope: the science behind the demos

Our latest Science Theatre show, Kaleidoscope, is a little bit different. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know that it is about observing the world closely and inspiring curiosity. We’ve packed it full of beautiful demonstrations, but might not have had time to answer all of your questions. This might be why you’re here!Read more

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The Crunch Project presents: The Lucky Iron Fish

This post is guest written by The Crunch Project Assistant, Chris Snowden. 

Iron symbol - Fe. Element of the periodic table zoomed with magnifying glassIt might sound strange, but an important part of your diet is a metal. Iron is used in your blood to help transport oxygen to your muscles. A lack of iron in your diet can mean you’ll feel tired and short of breath.Read more

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The Crunch: our journey so far

Big Bang Fair NE (Northumbria Uni, eating insects)This post is guest written by The Crunch Project Assistant, Chris Snowden. 

The Crunch project is now well into the swing of things; we’ve met 3,000 people at our first 4 events! We’ve been to a variety of places, from rural Northumberland to the middle of Middlesbrough, from universities to village greens, and every event has been very different from the last.Read more

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Cooking Crickets for The Crunch

This post is guest written by The Crunch Project Assistant, Chris Snowden. 

Fried insect on hands2 billion people around the world can’t be wrong, can they? That’s how many people eat insects as part of their normal diet. In Britain though, barely anyone eats insects. The question is, should we?

Entomophagy (insect eating) is practised all around the world, from the Americas to Asia and Africa.… Read more

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Do Try This At Home (2)

Do try This at Home 2We love making stuff, testing and trying stuff out. If you love to do the same, here’s how to do the things in our Do Try This At Home (2) show.

 

 

‘Disappearing’ water

Get a (clean!) disposable nappy and cut a square of the absorbent bit. Stick it to the bottom of a cup.… Read more

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From shrinking violet to science centre stage

10 years ago, if anyone had told me that I would be presenting back to back live science theatre shows in front of audiences of over 80 people on stage then I would have eaten my socks. Believe it or not, but I used to be the most bashful human being alive with every school report mentioning how I was ridiculously shy and quiet.… Read more

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The Girl Who Wants to Be Me

It was Christmas Eve, a quiet day at the Centre with only a few families in, I suppose most were preparing for Santa Claus’s visit the following day. I had about a dozen people in my audience for my theatre show, ‘Rain or Shine’. In the show I need a volunteer to be a sun on stage and so I ask for a bit of help from the audience, help from someone who has a warm personality.… Read more

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Fire and Ice

Things at the Centre for Life were a bit different this half term. Usually we perform
by ourselves in the theatre in a one-man show. But Fire and Ice was special. An
awesome two-manned show out on gallery.

Fire and Ice Show - Life Science Centre

My partner was Chris, also a Science Explainer, and after two days intensive
training we created the show we wanted to perform which would capture both the
young and old(er) in our audience.… Read more

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A demo, delivered.

If you happen to have a plasma globe and a fluorescent lightbulb to hand there’s a beautiful and surprising demonstration where you hold the bulb at one end, move the other end towards the globe and the bulb lights up. It’s like having a light sabre in your hand. It’s amazing, but something always niggled with me.… Read more

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The curious skull of the Parasaurolophus

The Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs are here and we’re busy with dino fans young and old. Alongside the exhibition our theatre show eplores what we know about dinosaurs and how we know what we (think we) know about dinosaurs.

Researching the show was a good opportunity to delve into some dinosaur facts.… Read more

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