The Yuck Show is an energetic live science assembly program based in Houston, Texas and available to schools across the US.
Yuck has been an exciting experience for me and for the tens of thousands of audience members who enjoy it each year, and I know it would be a great success at your school in any format you choose. Please scroll below to learn about the shows. Also, pricing information is directly below.
$100 travel discount available per school when booking w/ another school
Yuck Game Show (live assembly)
In the Yuck Game Show, the audience is divided into two teams to compete in curriculum-based science games and big, highly visual science demonstrations, with the winning team’s captain getting the ultimate prize . . . SLIME!
In this active experience, an average of 45 students per show come up on stage for engaging activities ranging from blowing smoke rings across the room to making beach balls levitate in the air, to using scientific equipment to determine the winner of silly relay games, all leading up to the grand finale of the show, when the “winner” is covered in slime!
The Yuck Game Show is priced per show, with a significant discount for additional shows on the same day and at the same location. On an elevated stage, the show can be performed for any audience size the room can accommodate. This allows for the efficiency of doing programs for an entire school in 2 or 3 programs. Most schools choose to schedule two grade levels at a time, for three shows during the day.
In addition to the show pricing, a travel fee may apply. Yuck is based in the Houston area, and schools are asked to pay estimated costs, which may vary based on the scheduled show time, with the biggest variable being a hotel room for an overnight stay. Typical travel costs are listed below. Out-of-Texas shows are quite possible but typically require at least 4-5 schools to book as a group to make the travel costs reasonable for each school.
If your schedule is flexible, it may be possible to reduce or share travel costs with other schools based if the show will already be in your area for a given date.
Family Science Night (Zoom)
The Yuck family science night experience is HUGELY INTERACTIVE! Students are engaged with group-led science experiments they each get to do and several of the big spectacles that everyone enjoys. You will not find a more interactive Zoom program than this. Each student actively participates in the show and will have their questions answered either through discussion or chat during the show.
The students will inflate balloons with carbon dioxide, make film canister rockets, practice Bernoulli’s Principle in two different ways, and also make gases compress inside a water bottle. They will also see examples of combustion, and demonstrations with liquid nitrogen, and elephant toothpaste. It is an evening themed around the properties of gases and physical and chemical changes, with the magic of students both seeing and doing science.
The PTA/PTO can provide kits costing about $1 per student to make sure everyone has a common set of supplies, or a materials list can be provided to parents with common household objects or simple grocery store items they can pick up if they wish. Any student without any or all of the materials will still be made comfortable in the group. There will be enough big demos to keep interest high, and the activities will be presented as optional opportunities for students to share with the group.
This experience aims to build community and share together at a time we can’t all be together and also ties in with an emphasis of all my shows, which is every day science students can do at home.
Customized Video Show
The video is about 45 minutes. It is a briskly-edited experience and is packed with the most material possible to keep the students engaged, while still taking time to focus on areas of particular interest to students from my 15+ years of presenting these concepts to them. The video is intended for elementary school age groups.
How will the video be delivered how many students can participate?
The video will be made available to the school for one week through a special page on this site so that every student will have the opportunity to view it, even if they miss a group showing. I prefer YouTube as a platform for the video because of its premiere capabilities, allowing students to chat together during the show. I can also be available for the premiere showing to chat with the students and address any questions they might have.
What is the difference between the live stream and the prerecorded video?
There are several. The video has the advantage technically simpler to implement–there is no need to schedule a time for the full school to assemble–and it has a brisker pace and will include more material due to editing. The live stream has a slower pace and benefits from increased student interaction but may cover slightly less material as a result. Both concepts cover similar ground but are really somewhat unique from one another. However, these differences are relatively minor. Whatever option sounds best for your school will be an experience that I am really proud to present to your students.
Can my video be provided on a different platform, and may I share my link with other groups?
It may be possible provide the video in a manner that suits you better, though we must limit the timeframe it is publicly available so that other groups will still be encouraged to book their own show. Please do not share your link with other groups unless it is part of our agreement prior to booking, in a case where you are a part of a group of small schools, perhaps, etc. Doing so would not be in the spirit of what we are offering, and it will also be fairly obvious if this happens from the tracking metrics available for the video.