Hollywood physics

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Description

Hollywood physics is a variation of a physics show that is based on identifying and explaining mistakes in Hollywood films in physics terms. Clips from different feature films are shown and the public has to guess what episodes in the film do not make sense in reality.

Benefits

To make science fun. The concept applies science to something familiar to the audience.

Target groups

  • Children, Teenagers, Adults.

Team with experience in organising this engagement activities. Scientist with experience in public communication.

Preparations

  • Work with scientists with experience of presenting shows or a business or organisation that does physics shows.
  • Choose one or several science fiction films likely to be well known to the audience.

Notes

The activity has become a very appreciated part of the European Researchers’ Night in Stockholm. It’s organised by the Department of Physics at Stockholm University.

Often it is possible to make the shows spectacular and interesting, while clearly related to research in physics. Usually held on a stage, in a place with high footfall or
in an easily accessible venue. By holding the show outside, it can be a good way to attract an audience and entice visitors indoors to participate in other activities. To
organise a good show it is best to work with a scientists who has experience of presenting shows or a business or organisation that does physics shows.

Inspiration

https://scicommtoolbox.se/hollywood-physics/