<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> On stage activities


21-25 November 2005
CERN, Geneva

On-stage activities

“Physics…Not Only with Chalk and a Blackboard” - Leos Dvorák (Czech Republic)

The whole audience will be able to join in with the experiments in this presentation – they can all be done using a straw, a paperclip and a piece of thread.  Using these simple tools, we can learn about centre of mass, the principle of equivalence, forced oscillations and much more… we can even weigh the Earth!

“HIV Biochemistry Show” - Andreas Korn-Müller (Germany)

With easy and clear models and some spectacular experiments, this performance will explain the human immune system, the structure and life cycle of HIV and current antiviral HIV therapy.  HIV is the best investigated virus in the world – but how much do you know about it? http://www.ScienceComedy.de

“Elements: a Magic Chemical Show”- Valentina Devoto (Italy)

A group of Italian students will explore the world of chemistry and demonstrate the interactions between the elements.  This play takes place in the study of Dmitri Mendeleev as he works on his most famous discovery – the periodic law.


“You Don’t Know What You See” - Sylvia Pont (Netherlands)

This lecture will focus on the mechanisms of stereovision. There are various ways to suggest a 3D image in a plane. The audience will experience optical illusions that demonstrate these and will learn how our brains interpret what we see.  One of the Science on Stage workshops will follow up this topic in more detail.

“Stacks of Maths” - José Muñoz Santonja & Ismael Roldán Castro (Spain)

This collection of short, theatrical plays, brings mathematical concepts to life through the use of music, movement, images and videos.  For example, the audience will be able to see the love affair between a curve and its assymptote, or how the logarithm liberates a power from its heavy exponent.

“Feeding the Fish” - Simon Mylius & Alix Wilding

These experienced performers will dazzle the audience with a technical choreographed juggling act.  The technology behind the show is completely unique and shows the exciting applications of mathematical modelling.  An accompanying teachers’ sheet will explain the underlying science.



Physics and the Bicycle, Charles Dauwe (Belgium)

This show illustrates how physics is omnipresent in sports. The performers concentrate on the bicycle as almost the totality of high school physics can be experienced and rediscovered by observing and analysing what we do when riding a bike.A workshop linked to this show will demonstrate how the underlying links between physics and sports can be used in the classroom.

Physics in our Life,  Rositsa Konova (Bulgaria)

This on stage activity is a play about three scientists (Physicist, Chemist and Biologist) and their assistants, who represent the relations between life and science and between different spheres of science. The play will demonstrate how all science work together and how they determine our life. All experiments, which are shown in the play are simple; they can be used in the classroom

“SOS – The giants are coming” – Novel and simple experiments on polymers by pupils, Jutta Brueckmann (Germany)

This on stage activity is a compilation of modern lessons in chemistry, involving research, technology and everyday life.  Very simple, hands on experiments with basic substances on polymers will be demonstrated in a sensible didactically manner. Any experiment is a classroom ready product.

Biology Courses – Tania Christoforatou (Greece)

This show is a theatrical play, in verse and rhyming, addressing Biology lessons about various life functions. Emphasis is given to the factors, which influence negatively our organism. The audience will learn about body functions related to the broader question what being human means.

The People’s Planetarium Steve Smyth, Liz Willcocks (UK)

This on stage activity is a simple drama presentation, where the presenters use members of the audience to create a dynamic representation of the Solar System. This performance can be done in virtually any venues, like in a planetarium, school, and university or at a science festival, etc. The audience will see how groups of non-professionals can be trained quickly to give performances. By involving participants form the audience the performers show how the concept can be used and adapted for different groups. 

Einstein And The Jumping Doppler Cows - Max Bazovsky,  Marina Polonsky (Slovakia)

This multifaceted show / presentation  by four people (supported by multimedia and physical handouts) gives a full lesson plan for alternative teaching of the Doppler effect with live "student" simulations that have surprised and amused even experienced teachers.  The presentation proceeds from, a science fantasy story of Einstein's dream about the jumping Doppler cows, as related to different ratios of the speeds of light,  sound and of the electric current in aluminium electric fences.