Robots and Jazz Hands: Monday 14th November

In today’s Dramatic Communication lecture (21 students), the students presented their ‘lectures for 5 year olds’. These ranged from a robot (student wearing a cardboard helmet) that had been ‘programmed’ to obey the students, to an exercise that involved us running around the room and simulating a simple electric circuit. The students had clearly put a lot of effort into their work, although one or two of them were a little too good at acting like toddlers for the other groups’ presentations.

No leprechauns were hurt during the making of this lecture.

After being put to the vote, the electricity based presentation was deemed to have been the most successful (although I must say that I preferred the network option, which used twine to indicate the benefits of the Internet over a telephone line), meaning that the final performance (to a public audience at the end of February) will now be something to do with electricity. Homework this week is to prepare a presentation about an aspect of electricity, aimed at university Science students, and which is no longer than 3 minutes. As an added challenge, and to encourage them to think about their delivery and stance when presenting, they are only allowed to use a given set of ten gestures, and must remain motionless throughout the rest of their presentations. As some of these gestures include an ‘air kiss’ and ‘jazz hands’, I cannot wait to see next week’s results.


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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2 Responses to Robots and Jazz Hands: Monday 14th November

  1. Mike says:

    That sounds absolutely brilliant! Have you studied pedagogy as well, or is this just based on your acting experience?

    • truehamlet says:

      Thanks Mike,

      Sadly a pedagoge I ain’t, but the students seem to be enjoying it, and also making genuine progress which is good to see.

      We really need to meet up soon, how about sometime next week?

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