Jon Chase is a science communicator and science rapper based in South Wales. He has an intense passion for scientific thinking and believes that knowledge should be made available in a way that allows as many people as possible the opportunity to gain access to it. He was identified by the Guardian in 2008 as education’s ‘Next Best Thing’ after producing a science rap video for NASA about astrobiology.
Rap Science Space or Rap Science Materials is Perfect for KS2 primary school children; they can be adjusted depending on children’s ability to read and write. Science raps for KS3 are more of a performance incorporating a selection of raps depending on the knowledge/requirements of the audience/client (There’s usually room to vary depending on the size of the audience – the bigger the audience, the least room there is to vary). All of the science is curriculum based. KS4 science rap shows include science raps in the same way as KS3 however students are also encouraged to explore concepts that go beyond their curriculum. KS1 activities are being piloted in Autumn term.
Jon Chase has a great deal of experience working with various organisations to produce science rapping and workshops as well as doing some television presenting. As well as presenting Street Science for the Open University, and a one hour Bitesize Science programme for BBC Learning, his raps also finish off each episode of CBBC’s Space Hoppers Series as well as featuring on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket. Other companies showing an interest in his science raps include The IET, The Royal Society, and various educational establishments within the UK and internationally. As such Jon is the UK’s (and possibly the world’s) foremost proponent of Science Raps having performed his science raps at The Science Museum, The Royal Society, The Royal Institution, and at many theatres, libraries and science festivals UK-wide.
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