Live Stream or Video Show
Yuck Science is my new virtual program, available as a live stream or a customized prerecorded video. I am also offering a unique family science night experience as well.
The virtual show inspires students’ interest in the sciences and the world around them through exciting science demonstrations All of the crowd-pleasing demos of the Yuck Game Show are made even bigger and a whole new cycle of “explosive” demonstrations focused on physical and chemical reactions has been added. Expanding gases make things explode, balls levitate, smoke rings and toilet paper streamers fly through the air, and so much more!
Each element has a curriculum basis. It is appropriate for all elementary and intermediate ages, though the topics will be discussed differently in grade level or age divided groups. In general, this program seeks to inspire an interest in science and typically has a brisk pace. In a full-school setting, the youngest students won’t be lost, even if I spent a moment addressing the interests of your older students.
The live stream can be 45-60 minutes, depending on your school’s preference. The longer the time, the more we can discuss and the more I can interact with the students, but any length will be exciting. The live stream allows the most direct interaction with your students.
Production value was a big emphasis in developing this show. Multiple camera angles, large lens cameras, a lighting kit, and a mix of microphones are used, in addition to a digital microscope. Also, the set was purpose-built with the material presented in mind. This is not a low-quality phone or laptop camera effort filmed in a corner of an echoing living room. Each detail was carefully considered to maintain the standard of quality you may be familiar with from my stage show.
How is it interactive?
This is the number one question I get, and it is one I spent a lot of focus on, given that student interaction has been a hallmark of every show we’ve ever developed. As a baseline, students are invited to answer questions throughout the show and to direct the show by choosing the next activity that suits their interests. There also is a digital microscope segment in which students are invited to respond to a guessing game via text or voice, depending on group size. And also the students’ response so far has been excitement and enthusiasm every step of the way. Where we can’t have students ‘up on stage’ at this time, I’ve added over the top demos to keep them on the edge of their seats.
What streaming platforms do we support and how many students can participate?
My Zoom account supports 500 participants at a time, and that can be upgraded to 1000 for your show for a small fee ($40). Or I can be given co-host status on your platform of choice. My set up is designed to handle camera switching, titling, etc, in hardware to make it completely compatible with your platform, whatever it may be. A test prior to the date would be ideal to make sure everything goes smoothly.
What about Junior High and Middle School groups?
While elementary schools are primary market for STEM assembly programs, the tone of Yuck is one that definitely appeals to middle school students as well, and the science content works very well with middle school or even high school science curriculum as well. The discussion level is adjusted accordingly when working with older age groups.
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.
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.
Family Science Night
The family science night experience combines group-led virtual science demonstrations that parents and students can do at home with a few big science spectacles using related principles.
A materials list will be provided 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.