Make your children love science through ‘wow’ moments with Dr Matt Pritchard
Our guest today is Dr Matt Pritchard. He is a science magician and Curator of Wonder. His amazing performances both inspire and inform. Matt loves being creative and is passionate about simplifying the complex.
As an independent science communicator he performs to over 50,000 people a year and works with organisations like The Royal Institution, British Science Association, The Big Bang fairs, and the Science Museum Group. Previously Matt conducted atomic physics research at Durham University, where he won the Institute of Physics' Postgraduate lecturer award. He subsequently went on to work within the Education department at Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham.
In addition to this experience, he has spent the last 18 years working as a professional magician and is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle – one of only 300 people in the world to hold this distinction.
What you can expect to hear
How Matt separates the ‘how’ from the ‘wow’ when studying
How parents and students can maintain their sense of awe and wonder for what they’re learning when they’re studying hard for exams
The importance of brain breaks
Tips on how to maintain motivation and thirst for knowledge
Advice for students studying physics and maths
Resources mentioned in the show
Matt's free ebook with mysterious science experiments you can do at home
Alex Bellos's books:
- Can you solve my problems? (This is the one with the funny problem on the front cover)
- Alex's adventures in Numberland
There are lots of other books written by Alex Bellos available.
Growth Mindset: The Power of Not Yet – from Lucy's blog
Where you can find Matt online
Over to you…
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