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. Also, the set was purpose-built with the material presented in mind. 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. Ultimately, it depends on the group size. With under 98 screens, I can see them all at one time and address them by their screen names, and the show can be conversational and somewhat led by the students interests. Recently, I showed my dinosaur fossils to a group interested in paleontology and when asked how to make slime, I pulled the ingredients off my shelf to make a batch with them.
The larger the group, the more engagement needs to be moderated by a co-host, with unmuting and hand-raising to speak, as well as helping notice questions in chat. But this is not a one-sided show. Hearing the audience’s excitement for the demonstrations is fun for me, so I work to include them every step of the way. In addition to addressing their questions throughout the show, I also stay on the call after dismissing the group to answer any remaining questions, so long as another adult is still on the call as well.
The students’ response so far has been excitement and enthusiasm. 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). Alternate platforms can be used at the school’s request.
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.