“Calculus: The Musical” and “Curie Me Away!” are available as streaming videos at affordable student ticket rates.
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Live theatre is a powerful experience that fosters imagination, listening, and empathy. History Science Theatre LIVE brings a live experience directly to students via video conferencing. A perfect complement to distance learning, our professional actors bring science history to life through live storytelling.
In a standard 30-minute session, our professional actor will deliver a presentation that includes a personal story, a STEM demonstration or experiment, and interactive conversation with students, including Q&A. While this activity maintains safe social distancing, we can visit any classroom in the world! Please specify your time zone when booking.
The fee for each standard 30 minute session is $50 USD. Sessions can be customized according to length and content for additional fees.
All standard sessions are perfect for the elementary school level. Sessions can be modified for the middle school level, and modified further still to accommodate socially distant scenarios outside the classroom. Just some examples of online events where our historical scientists have been featured guests: birthday parties, professional meetings, one-on-one conversations with homeschooling students, online awards ceremonies. What’s your idea? Contact us and we can probably make it work for you!
Portrayed by Sadie Bowman
Nobel Laureate, famous for isolating the elements radium and polonium and coining the term “radioactivity.” Madame Curie tells the story of how she grew up in occupied Poland where it was illegal for girls and women to be educated, then went on to contribute to science in a way that changed our understanding of the universe. She engages students in conversation about elements and the scientific method, and demonstrates how she used chemical reactions to isolate two undiscovered elements from a very interesting mineral.
portrayed by Ricky Coates
Mathematician and physicist, best known for his laws of motion and the invention of Calculus. Sir Newton joins your class from his own isolation during the great plague of 1666, when his university and most of London was shut down. He tells students how he used this time to conduct revolutionary experiments and invent a new kind of math! Through visual demonstrations and story, students will learn about force, gravity, and inertia (and the very fascinating behavior of apples). Sir Newton will inspire students about the possibilities of what a curious mind can do even from home.
Portrayed by Sadie Bowman
Referred to as “The Enchantress of Number,” this mathematician envisioned the future of computer coding and is believed to have written the first computer algorithm in 1842. Lady Lovelace will joyfully share her imaginative fancy for mathematics with your students, and describe the basics of computing as she innovated it in the mechanical age. She also addresses the unique circumstances of her life as the daughter of a celebrity, and the way her limited opportunities as a woman intersected with her immense privilege as a member of England’s aristocratic class. She encourages your students to embrace math as a flight of the imagination.
Portrayed by Les Kurkendaal-Barrett
Biologist and agricultural scientist, best known for his innovative work with food crops. Dr. Carver will tell his story of life as a Black scientist in the aftermath of the American Civil War, and his ceaseless curiosity about plants, flowers and nature. His experimental scientific work developed growing techniques that innovated access to food in the rural South and championed compassionate and responsible stewardship of the land. He will share a botanical demonstration and speak to the wonders of the natural world.
Portrayed by Ricky Coates
Astronomer and mathematician, Galileo is best known for discovering moons of Jupiter and arguing the solar system is heliocentric (or sun-centered). Galileo will tell the incredible story of how he used scientific methods to disprove the prevailing theories of his time, and how his unpopular ideas landed him in big trouble. Students will learn about the motion of falling objects, the phases of planets and moons, and how what we observe can teach us about “this grand book, the universe…written in the language of mathematics.”
Portrayed by Sadie Bowman
Astronomer, first woman to discover a celestial object, first woman to earn a salary as a scientist. Best known for her work as a duo with her brother William, Caroline’s story tracks a rise from humble, working-class beginnings to an unexpected role as an eminent astronomer. Along with her brother she developed techniques to track and catalogue the night sky using emerging telescope technology by which they discovered numerous comets, nebulae, and a brand new planet! Students will experience an optical demonstration and learn about light pollution. Miss Herschel’s story will inspire students with the enticing music of the night sky.
Portrayed by Ricky Coates
Inventor and electricity pioneer, Tesla will tell the story of his life as a Serbian immigrant in late 19th century America, including his most famous inventions and infamous rivalry with Thomas Edison. Using physical demonstrations, students will learn about the force of electromagnetism and how it is used to power lightbulbs and run motors. He will also demonstrate the difference between direct current and alternating current, and explain how his alternating current changed the world. Students will see a live tesla coil explained by a visionary who was at least a hundred years ahead of his time.
A live, interactive puzzle adventure that plays out over text message. Groups of up to 20 work together (from wherever they are) to use chemistry knowledge to rescue a curious kitten from a very suspenseful box! A live character texts with the group, sending pictures and media to lead them through an interactive adventure similar to an escape room! Participants need a smart phone with WhatsApp installed. Participants will identify atoms, learn about radioactive decay, and experiment with cat chemistry. High school level chemistry knowledge recommended.
Nikola Tesla was an inventor, electricity pioneer, and connoisseur of Columbidae (the family of birds consisting of doves and pigeons). It is well known that Tesla kept pigeons as pets and even cared for sick and injured birds in his New York hotel residence. In Matheatre’s Science History Mysteries: Tesla’s Pigeon, lab assistants age 8 and up join forces to help Tesla find a mischievous pigeon who has left clues around the inventor’s laboratory, with puzzles and challenges to solve by learning about electricity and the force of electromagnetism. This live-action interactive fan fiction adventure plays out over Zoom with a live actor. Science History Mysteries: Tesla’s Pigeon is available for elementary classrooms, socially distanced birthday parties, and other interactive events suitable for kids and families.
“Weird Algorithms” is a one-hour workshop on crafting strong and memorable song lyrics about STEM or any topic! Sadie Bowman is a songwriter and lyricist who has composed three full length musicals for Matheatre, as well as penned some of the recent parodies featured in “Calculus: The Musical!” Sadie has an extensive background in comedic songwriting prior to turning her words toward STEM education. Sadie will share a six-step instruction set to get folks started with a basic process to create parody lyrics for enlivening classroom topics or entertaining a captive audience at home. 🙂 Participants will analyze song structure and rhyme schemes, connect the emotions of music with a math or science topic, and collaboratively write a brand new parody song.