What people say about Jonathan Hare's work
"Absolutely fantastic! Our kids were buzzing all the way back to Newbiggin. As I mentioned it's more than just Science, it's about role models and aspirations and this visit provided all three and more."
Rob, Newbiggin Middle School, 2008 Science Christmas Lectures, Durham
"A dynamic blend of practical demos and video clips"
Teachers science network
"I had to write to express my appreciation of your commitment to bring Nobel Prize winning science to children's education
my little son Tommy, 5 years old, came home thrilled and truly inspired by the workshop and started making his own versions of the C60 molecule."
Vanessa, NAGC children
"A good mix of fun and fact"
Ann, Lancing College
"You have never been anything but a plus"
Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Prize for Chemistry
"It has been an ENORMOUS pleasure to accompany you around Sussex [a month of Brighton Science Festival workshops], many inspiring ideas and deep truths have emerged, so naturally as a result I'm more dazed and bedazzled by the world than I ever was. So it goes. I hope you enjoyed it. I know that 1000 kids did ... "
Richard Robinson, Bri Sci Fest
"Pupils had a challenging and enjoyable day, learning science from a different perspective"
Celia, Heathfield CC
"I always try to tell them Chemistry is fun and you managed to convince quite a few so thank you. Your enthusiasm is great and you work well with the [A-level] students so please continue your great work promoting science."
Cheryl, Esher College
"It was very inspiring - I think in schools it can be easy to lose that sense of wonder and achievement that can be gained from making things. I am sure you've given many youngsters the encouragement to start tinkering a bit more. The talk was nicely balanced by having a good bit of physics too!"
Ally, IOP, Cambridge University
"We enjoyed your presentation immensely and learnt lots!"
Bronagh, SETPOINT Sussex director
"I wanted to tell you it was a pleasure to meet you. The way you communicate your ideas is inspiring, and I only hope I can show the enthusiasm you have when I begin teaching science."
Laura, A helper at the 2006 BA Festival of Science
"Thank you very much for your outstanding contribution to last weeks Science in Action programme for GCSE students.
I hope you could see for yourself that you had an attentive and appreciative audience quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds ... "
Radka, Training Partnership, Institute for Education
"Dr. Hare, I wanted to thank you. I teach electronic warfare to US Army soldiers and I have been inspired by your work for the last few years. My young soldiers are typically disadvantaged youngsters in their early 20s. Most of them have given up on higher education when I get them. I have used your source material (and methods) to get them interested and spur curiosity in "useless information". I teach a course on electronics and basic radio theory to challenge them. They build and test simple things like batteries, generators, motors and capacitors and then graduate into more complex topics like radio direction finding antennas and finally they build a robot controlled by a home-made SCADA network. The results are remarkable and the change in the students is profound. Knowledge and it's pursuit is very empowering. I am happy to report that over a dozen of them have gone back to school and at least three have completed engineering degrees.
Your approach to learning works.
Thank you, sir, Jon Russell US. Army"
"Thank you very much for the Chemistry in the movies lecture. I know it went down well because I tried to stop a discussion on the amount of viable oxygen in a car tyre for a good 10 minuets before moving on to inter-molecular bonding! Anyway truly appreciated, thanks!"
John Luton, Varndean College
"Yes, I am most relieved that I can get into the [csc] web site. And to say that your work is useful is quite an under-statement."
Jim, school science technician
"My daughter and I loved the series, Rough Science, when it aired on our public television channel here in the United States. What a wonderful way to teach science. I hope BBC America or public television picks up your Hollywood Science program."
"I just want to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed the "Hollywood Science" programs and equally how much I wished you'd been my science teacher in High school- I might not have got the D then (though I have since done some OU science short courses along with my main Maths course so maybe I'm making up for lost time). Anyway keep up the good work and you'd better make some more "Hollywood Science" shows, I not only found them really interesting but highly amusing. Take care (not to blow yourself up or anything)"
"I'd just like to say thanks to you (and Robert Llewellyn). I was on holiday in South Wales last week with my wife, two children and three nephews. By chance we turned on to Hollywood Science with James Bond and breathing with the tyres of his Rolls Royce, etc. Now, my three nephews are 11, 13 and 15 and all of them have some form of learning difficulty, be it Dyslexia or Dyspraxia or attention disorders. However, all three of them were intrigued by the program. The fact that the science investigations were based on movies that they'd seen really got them thinking. Consequently, the rest of the holiday was spent carrying out various experiments from seeing how far to dig in the sand on the beach until the water table was reached to the effect that light pollution has on viewing stars (my nephews are all from inner city Manchester - we were staying on a farm in the middle of nowhere with no lights !! ) .... We even ended up buying them some of those science experiment kits !! The boys got really interested in science - triggered by watching the one show. They don't have much by way of encouragement for such things at home, so myself and my wife are doing our best to keep them interested. Unfortunately, they are told to stay out of the way most of the time and play on the Playstation or something. Hopefully things can change now. Thanks once again, and please pass on my thanks to Mr Llewellyn. Regards,"
THE CREATIVE SCIENCE CENTRE
Dr Jonathan Hare, The University of Sussex
Brighton, East Sussex
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