Puppetry and Science
Can puppets speak science? Sean Briffa’s can at the new initiative by Science in the City called Kids Dig Science at Spazju Kreattiv. The event communicates science to children through theatre. The entertaining show uses puppetry followed by hands-on interactive, science experiments so that anyone can experience how science works through creative thinking.
The puppet shows are being held monthly in Spazju Kreattiv’s Music Room with each month focused on a different science topic. The first held on the 30 January sold out quickly. The children were encouraged to use the knowledge at hand, the puppets, to classify a number of new species discovered by a couple of somewhat unorthodox paleontologists. They used teeth and skeletal characteristics to unravel the mystery and decipher which animals were carnivors or herbivors, if they foraged in the Ice Age or Jurassic period and more.
The next event will be on space and gravity. 15:00 on Saturday 27 February sees the production set up by 29 year old cosmologist and lecturer Jackson Levi Said (Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy, University of Malta) and our expert puppeteer Sean Briffa, who teamed up to create a fantastic journey through time and space. The show will be packed with planet hard science, humour and most of all excitement.
The show lacks a conventional script meaning the audience can shape the show themselves. Speak up! Be inquisitive! Come up with a hypothesis and test it through experimentation. These are the messages our approach encourages. Sean is adept at drawing the kids into the plot. He has mastered the art of marrying scientific knowledge, gleaned from researchers at the University of Malta, with an all round awesome experience for the kids.
The shows will be followed by interactive experiments exploring gravity and the fabric of the universe. They are run by University of Malta science students. To book your tickets at Fondazzjoni Kreattività.