Performance: The Scientific Mime, or, What's Up Wi...
Mimes struggle with invisible forces. Children struggle with abstract scientific principles. In this new show, “The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With Gravity?” Kerrigan demonstrates and defines concepts that seem abstract to young people–invisible forces like gravity, forms of energy like sound waves, concepts like weight, pull, push, friction, mass, inertia, and more. Expect silly approaches to “weighty” topics. (Get it? It’s “heavy.” Like gravity! and “light.” Like weightlessness!) Juggling provides another window into force, motion, speed, direction, and gravity. The audience participates in the show by performing sound-and-motion gestures for key vocabulary with the mime.
Also included is a lecture-demonstration about mime that connects to NCSCoS English Language Arts Standard (CCR Anchor Standard RL.1 – Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it), and an anti-gravity mime piece that sparks the imagination and lifts spirits. The material addresses NC Essential Standards in Science, Forces & Motion, for 2nd through 5th grades.
Science concepts taught in the show: Sound; Forces & Motion; Matter: Properties & Change. Key vocabulary: gravity, force, push, pull, balanced forces, sound, vibrate, inertia, mass, energy, friction, moving air, simple machine, inclined plane, screw.