Demo: The Movie

This film follows science teacher Alom Shaha as he goes on a journey to explore the use of demonstrations in science teaching. The film tells an interesting story and is primarily intended to encourage secondary science teachers to think about how and why they use demonstrations in their teaching. We hope that it will stimulate discussion amongst science teachers and others with an interest in science education about what constitutes ‘best practice’ with demonstrations.” (YouTube)

I posted the trailer for Demo: The Movie back in March, and I thought it would be a good idea to show the whole film here, following on from yesterday’s ExpeRimental post. In Demo: The Movie, Alom Shaha visits America. He performs some science experiments on top of a mountain and in the middle of a desert, talks to magicians in Las Vegas, and visits the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco.

Alom explores what it means to perform demonstrations, as well as differences between the teacher and the learner. It’s a wonderfully made film, and I love the little annotations for all the experiments (“Alom observing things” made me laugh).

Recommended watching. Onwards!

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