International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Mr Michael Van Tiel Ideas Activities
  • Mr, Powerhouse Museum
    Ultimo NSW, Australia
  • Email
    Tel +61 2 9217 0314
  • Sector:

    Public Outreach
  • Organizations:

    Powerhouse Museum
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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I am one of the producers at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. My major responsibility is the development and delivery of theatre productions for children that run during school holiday periods. In 2009 I wrote a show to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. It featured the Museum mascots Zoe & Cogs. Cogs, a robot who lives in the Museum, has also starred in his own show that called "Cogs and the Dragon" - This show introduced preschool aged children to the scientific method and observation skills.

Riding on the success of these productions the Museum would like to produce a 30 minute performance featuring Cogs and his love of chemistry (concept currently being developed). The show will be aimed at children under the age of 8 which is our core holiday audience. It will premiere at the Museum and should suitable funding be sought it will tour NSW.