Joining this year’s festival is Australian science show performer Dr Graham Walker. Presented with the support of Cooke Howlison Toyota, Walker’s mind-bending science shows include launching marshmallows out of a vacuum cleaner, making rockets from common household items, and attempting to persuade water to defy gravity.
A research fellow at the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University and one of just two people worldwide to hold a PhD in science show performance, Walker has been performing his science shows for the past 13 years. His unique brand of high-energy delivery and amazing science shows regularly thrill audiences around the world.
Walker says his shows will be full of action and interaction! “I love to share science with people - show them the astonishing things you can do with weird substances like liquid nitrogen, but also make them appreciate that science is something they encounter everyday - you can do extraordinary science with ordinary stuff. The show will be full of fun, audience involvement, stuff people can try at home... and a fair bit they shouldn't!”
Festival director Chris Green is thrilled to have such incredible talent involved this year, showing off the variety of places science can take you.