Science Busking Training

Super science busker David takes to the streets again

Why wait around for an audience to turn up when you can take the show to them? Science busking takes live demonstrations to the public, away from a science centre or museum.

At its best, busking can be an effective means of communicating science. As a wholly open invitation to play and investigate the world around us, busking is suitable for ages. It’s very live, very interactive and can be very rewarding! Our training is great for both schools wishing to train their students, and for organisations wishing to train staff.

Learn more about busking and see a video of David busking in action!

 

Our Busking Training

Our world renowned training delivers a highly interactive event teaching school students and organisations. We aim to deliver:

  • Re-enforcement of science knowledge
  • Strong science and science communication role models
  • Skills in science communication
  • An enjoyable and cohesive experience
  • Instructions and materials to further pursue science communication through busking activities
  • An understanding of the importance of safety

 

Course content

The course is taught via a series of theory and practical sessions with purpose built busking kits. During the course we will cover:

  • What is science busking?
  • Introductions and warm up
  • The devastating power of a smile
  • Tackling fear
  • Mystery object busking exercise
  • Communication theory
  • Body language
  • Busking tips and tricks
  • Busking in practice
  • Conclusions, listening

The training is further supported by a busking kit list, a fully risk assessed training kit and instructional busking videos.

 

For schools:

We offer a standard 3 hour busking training session, which includes all the topics listed above. Students are then encouraged to practise their busking skills after this session. This session can be extended to a full 1 or 2 day programme upon request. The course is ideally suitable for 10 students, up to a maximum of 20. A member of staff is required to be present at all times.

For organisations:

We recommend the two day busking training programme for organisations. The first day is an extended version of the busking training techniques listed above. The second day is designed so each busker can put their skills into practise, and can be actively critiqued by the trainer. Each day is typically 5 hours duration with a lunch break, and is suitable for 10 participants, up to a maximum of 20.

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 Pricing:

Our busking training is very flexible to suit your needs. Please give us a call on 029 2087 6884 to discuss you individual requirements.

 

Case Studies:

Our busking training with Framwellgate school, Durham was acknowledged and highly acclaimed through the LOtC (Learning Outside the Classroom) 2014 award. This national competition voted our busking training the most innovative training in the United Kingdom. David created and ran the training programme for the first cohort of students with support from Catherine Purvis-Mawson, enterprise and STEM enrichment manager at Framwellgate School. The student buskers have created a real culture change in the school and the Framwellgate science buskers have reached local celebrity status, entertaining the community with their science street theatre!

We have worked with a number of universities to provide busking training to research scientists. For the past five years we have been invited back by Manchester University, often to further improve and hone the skills of previous busking trainees. We also trained the British Ecological Society in 2013 to provide biological busking on mushroom scents and mammal identification, among other things, at their first festival stall – ‘Sex, Bugs and Rock n Roll‘.

“Best Postgrad skills session so far”University of Bath

We’ve also had a strong impact internationally, with our trained buskers still actively busking at the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw to this day. We’ve been repeated booked and will be again providing training in June 2014. We’ve also performed a busking training tour of nine science centres across Norway – resulting in a greater STEM interaction between staff and the public across the country.