Science Communication Team at the BBC

Two members of the University’s successful science communication team, Professor Mark Brake and Jon Chase, are involved in a brand new television program, and spin-off book, for the BBC.

The series, Space Hoppers, is a brand new seven x 30-minutes interplanetary adventure in which intrepid travellers investigate worlds beyond our planet and try to find out exactly what you would need to do to take a holiday in outer space, do a bit of space hopping.  They will delve into the wonders of the Solar System, blending global adventures with explosive experiments, and quirky animation with state-of-the-art CGI.

Each episode explores a holiday-related theme, from holidays in the Sun to volcano-spotting. The search will take in extreme environments, wild weather and the best places in the Solar System to ‘enjoy’ a bit of snow and ice.  Science rapper Jon Chase appears throughout the series, directing the explosive experiments, and performing a specially commissioned rap for each episode.

Professor Mark Brake, who acted as science advisor to the program, has also written the spin off title for the series. The book helps explore the Sun, ice, volcanoes, comets, extreme weather, extreme distances and water on Earth and in the Solar System. The book is also packed with experiments that can be done at home.

Professor Mark Brake, the University’s Professorial Champion for Public Engagement, said: “It’s great for Jon and I to be involved in such a powerful science series. It is perfect inspirational material for a young audience which is constantly curious about the world around them and how it works.”

2010 is Year of Science at the BBC.  Timed to coincide with the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary, Space Hoppers is part of the recently launched year-long series of programmes and activities in a celebration of science.

One comment


    March 29, 2010

    Surely Jon Chase must be the most successful graduate Glamorgan has ever produced. His success is a credit both to his own considerable talents, and also to the science communication team.

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