Shows for Secondary Schools

Cracking The Code: The Genetics of Superheroes

The comic books are filled with mutants; heroes and villains whose special abilities are genetic in their origin.  But what are real mutants like, and could we one day use genetics to make us superhuman?

Topics – genetics, mutation, DNA, mRNA, transcription, translation, transgenic plants and animals, bacterial genetics, gene therapy and more.

Duration – Adaptable 45-60 min.

Audience – Adaptable content, perfect for A-level and GCSE students.  Can be made appropriate for keystage 3.

“Fun, engaging, informative, interactive”

“Excellent presenter and really good use of audience, very well linked to the curriculum”…..“Made a difficult subject easy to understand”

“Related well to what the students learning at this level which enabled them to interact with their knowledge but challenged them and learnt some interesting facts.  Good delivery, interesting and funny”

Various teachers from who saw the performance at a Training Partnership “Superheroes of Science” event.

Ready, Steady, Science!

A cookery show has never been like this! Join our intrepid “Science Chef” as he takes up the challenge of cooking a meal using ingredients selected by his audience, while simultaneously trying to tackle the science behind all things culinary. Watch while he whips up something delicious (hopefully), while touching on subjects ranging from the biology of his ingredients to the psychology of taste.  Sure to be a fast, frenetic, food frenzy.

Topics – Food science, nutrition, botany, chemistry, geography and much, much more.

Duration – Adaptable 30min- 90 min.

Audience – Adaptable content.  Key stage 2-4 and even adult.

“I thought the day was a real success, and the feedback from our pupils has been excellent.”

Simon. Teacher. Yorkshire.

The Ugly Animal Road Show

Simon Watt is President for Life of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, a comedy night with a conservation twist.  You can find out more about the society here or watch their videos here.  The show has been so successful that many have requested a school version; here it is!

At the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, we celebrate and explore the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous.  What adaptations make them amazing?  How did such hideous creatures evolve in the first place.  The show features videos, demonstrations and lots and lots of audience participation.

Topics – Evolution, extinction, conservation, adaptation.

Duration – Adaptable 30min- 50min.

Audience – Adaptable content.  Key stage 2-4 and even adult.

This show has been hailed as an example of British Science Communication at its best and so been performed as part of a tour of Canada, Ireland and the UK as well as in Bulgaria, Mexico and the USA.

“I support the ugly animal campaign. There are too many people trying to save cute animals. They get all the press, and all the attention.”

Professor Brian Cox

“Amazingly well prepared and organised resources.  Engaging use of humour and games to introduce key evolutionary concepts and issues. A passionate and enthusiastic speaker!”  ….“Outstanding!  This was really well explained, engaging and fun!”….”Very engaging and energetic presentation. Good interaction with audience. Brought the topic to life”

Various, teachers attending GSCE Science Day at the Institute of Education

“I am voting for the greater short-horned lizard as ugly animal mascot – it shoots blood out of its eyes!”

Stephen Fry