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1 FROM WOW TO AHA! A training presentation to help communicators design and plan a science show. By Irene Schoeman Sci-Enza, University of Pretoria

2 Why do science shows? Awareness Enjoyment Interest Opinions Understanding Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

3 Why do science shows? Supplement Education Provide entertainment Add value to excursion Provide experiences not possible in school Attract people into science careers Encourage personal interaction

4 Advantages Science shows a great way for interns and science communicators to improve their presentation and communication skills at science centres Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

5 Planning a Science Show 1.Choose a Topic 2.Select the main concepts that will be covered in the show – Usually no more than 3 3.Choose demonstrations and tricks to support each of the main ideas – test it first to see if it works. Consider safety, budget, time limits… 4.Write the script – science explanations and link to next concepts 5.Collect all the equipment necessary to perform the tricks and other supporting materials – (pictures, models, video clips) 6.Test – Practise the show in front of your colleagues

6 Some important things to remember in your shows: The SCIENCE must be accurate! Why is the sky blue? Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

7 Some important things to remember in your shows: SCIENCE!!! Conceptual progress – but it is always good to start and finish with a BANG! Big and visible experiments INTERACTIVE - Use volunteers, this is not a lecture! Emotion, use voice, body, costumes, props Fun (for yourself and the audience) Picture: www.discoverycentre.ns.ca/explore/live-science-shows

8 Some important things to remember in your shows: SCIENCE!!! Conceptual progress Big and visible experiments INTERACTIVE - Use volunteers, this is not a lecture! Emotion, use voice, body, costumes, props Fun (for yourself and the audience) Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

9 Some important things to remember in your shows: SCIENCE!!! Conceptual progress Big and visible experiments INTERACTIVE – Use volunteers, this is not a lecture! Emotion, use voice, body, costumes, props Fun (for yourself and the audience)

10 Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

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12 Some important things to remember in your shows: SCIENCE!!! Conceptual progress Big and visible experiments INTERACTIVE - Use volunteers, this is not a lecture! Emotion, use voice, body, costumes, props Fun (for yourself and the audience)

13 Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

14 Use everyday things to show the visitors that Science is for everybody! Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

15 Build excitement! Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

16 Some important things to remember in your shows: SCIENCE!!! Conceptual progress Big and visible experiments INTERACTIVE - Use volunteers, this is not a lecture! Emotion, use voice, body, costumes, props Fun (for yourself and the audience)

17 Some other things to remember Prepare the area before the show. Have all your equipment ready BUT: Dont show all your props from the start. Surprise the audience as you go along!

18 Safety Set a good example when working with chemicals. Wear goggles and gloves where needed! Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

19 Caution: Dead spots… Have an assistant, show a picture, play a video…but keep the show on the go! Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

20 All science shows should be works in progress Always evaluate and improve …mistakes are there to learn from! Picture: Irene Schoeman ©

21 This presentation was compiled by Irene Schoeman and is the property of Sci-Enza, University of Pretoria. You are welcome to use parts of or the whole presentation for training purposes at a Science Centre. This presentation should be used for non-profit generating purposes only. References Horak, R. and Nordhoff, H.I. (2006) From Wow to Aha. A Science show workshop workbook. Sci-Enza, University of Pretoria Gore, M.M. and Stocklmayer, S.M. (2006) Design and Plan a Science Show. Australian National University


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