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Our Lyrical Planet

How to understand ecology through song.

Mentored by Richard RobinsonMentor summary: Director of the Brighton Science Festival
Organisation links:
Brighton Science
Location address: Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8XR
Chosen age group:

For ages: 9 - 18+ years

Available tickets:
Lyrical child £2 per session
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest

A summary

Of all the man-made catastrophes that surround us right now, it’s hardest to get a grip on the ecological one. While the direct effects of being baked and poisoned by climate change and rogue chemicals are easy enough to see, our effect on the complex web of animals and plants seem further away, more hidden and harder to understand. Our workshop shows the way the natural world is woven together, simply, by writing a song about the food chain, aka the carbon cycle. Just as the carbon goes round on its cycle, we will write a round - like London’s Burning - only it’ll be about microbes, plants and animals. The workshop has been tried out in schools, to impressive reviews - ....."What a fun lyrical workshop! It fitted in perfectly with our whole school learning journey – protecting our planet. We had a great time, combining our science learning with music. The children were keen to use their knowledge of ecology and food chains to create the lyrics to sing in a round, which they wi...

Richard Robinson·Director of the Brighton Science Festival
Science is amazing, but sometimes the language of science is frustrating, often acting more as a barrier to understanding than as a help. My mission is to share the excitement, and simplify the language so we can all take part in it. My childhood was spent surrounded by my dad and brothers, who were all engineers. Naturally, I wanted to be an artiste when I grew up! I managed to do both, by making puppets, including mechanisms, then performing them on a children's TV show about science (The Riddlers: elf-like folks who try to 'riddle out' how the world works). There I practised speaking simple science, and found it was just as easy to be rigorous and accurate with clear English as with science-speak. I set up the Brighton Science Festival in 2005, because there is a great need to get kids engaged with science. It has been a great romp for me since then, to make things and learn things, and to pass on my learning to others, which makes my life richer, more useful, and heaps more fun. I've written 20 books about science, mostly for 7-11 year-olds. Over the past 15 years I have continued to encourage scientific thinking via the Brighton Science Festival, and the Pocket Science Funfair. There's plenty to be done: we need to understand a lot of things, from the huge (think climate change...) to the tiny (...and viruses). Let's keep on trying.

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Old London Road, Patcham, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 8XR

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Ticket: Lyrical child £2Ticket description: Book per child. Adult must accompany, and may join in

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