Summer time and the living is easy…..

4 August 2017

Well, perhaps not so easy for the physics buskers who have been out in force at summer festivals.

Photo credits, David Keenahan, Paul Nugent and the Dublin Maker community.

The buskers range from experienced science teachers to entrepreneurial researchers and work together to bring a pop of physics into sometimes unexpected places.

They kicked off with that perennial favourite, Bloom in Phoenix Park in June. Over two hot days the team brought their own inimitable science style to thousands of visitors. Highlights included the ‘banana piano’  as well as old favourites such as rocket balloons and swinging water cups.

Later in the summer, the buskers were performing at Dublin Maker in Merrion Square. This family-friendly event, took the form of a ‘show and tell’ experience where inventors/makers showcased their creations in a carnival atmosphere. Makers ranged from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. The buskers had a great mix of demos at the event including a highly popular rocket make and launch session.

Over the August Bank Holiday the team made their way to Waterford to the Spraoi Festival. Working closely with the Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology (CALMAST) at Waterford Institute of Technology, the buskers staged a takeover of Hanover Street with an exciting combination of  demos from extreme potato guns to champagne showers with coke.

The concept of ‘Physics Busking’ was established in Ireland in 2005 by the Irish Science on Stage team through a collaboration between the Institute of Physics in Ireland and CASTeL at Dublin City University. The team is co-ordinated by Dr Eilish McLoughlin, CASTeL Director, and Paul Nugent, IOP Ireland teacher network co-ordinator. It has received funding from Science Foundation Ireland under the Discover Programme.

Their next outing is planned for the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 19-21 September.

The team are always on the lookout for new members and give full training. For more details see the Physics Busking website


Lots more pictures on the Flickr site

And check out some video action from busker and ‘Science Guy’ Mark Langtry on YouTube

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