Graham Walker: Science Circus Africa / Extraordinary Science with Ordinary Stuff

Date & time

5–6.30pm 12 May 2016

Event series

In this two part seminar, Graham presents an update on the Science Circus Africa project along with theoretical analysis and live performance of demonstrations that do amazing science with household stuff - a philosophy as effective here in Australia as it is in Africa. Science Circus Africa has now reached over 68,000 people in seven African countries, having just returned from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. We’ll explore the simple but novel model the project employs, its recent successes and impacts, future plans and a research agenda. A key feature of Science Circus Africa is its use of easily available, low-cost, everyday items. While this approach to doing practical science is widely employed and a mainstay of the CPAS approach, what are the practical and psychological underpinnings that make it effective? We know ordinary things can communicate science in extraordinary ways, but what are the deeper effects of using these familiar materials? We know it works, but haven’t thought much about why. Hypotheses will be advanced to this end, and water will be split apart and put back together using nothing more that a laptop power supply, some cutlery*, bath salts and a lunchbox. Expect chin-stroke worthy ideas and exciting live science.

* no CPAS cutlery was harmed in the experiment. PS. where are all the spoons?

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