Juggling and Science
Date: 15 NOVEMBER
Time: 15:00 – 17:00
Age Group: Open to All
Max Participants: 15
The nature of the workshop is both practical and theoretical. The aim is to let people know that juggling—and other circus skills— has a strong bond with science.
Is it possible to juggle a Newton pendulum?
Is centripetal force a juggler’s friend or not?
Can I juggle the mathematical site swap sequence of my date of birth (12101977)?
Is there more juggling in science or more science in juggling?
Claudia and the participants will try to find new questions and maybe try to answer some of them. But how will they do this? This workshop is for beginners and juggling is difficult to learn. How will they avoid the frustration that often drives people away from even trying?
Our biggest enemy is gravity. It is possible to defy gravity with an inclined plane or with new instruments that slow down the passage through space (some of these have been invented by Craig Quat; they are also used with people with disabilities, older people and for rehabilitation from neurological diseases).
Everybody will get the chance to experience the basic pattern of juggling with balls, sticks, tubes, everyday objects, etc. They will play…which means that they will do research, and have fun too! As Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.”
Participants are required to bring tennis balls or props to juggle with.
Claudia is a theatre, circus and science teacher. She has a degree in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Information Technology from the University of Pisa. In 2012, she decided to become a circus teacher and, thanks to the Second University Course in Motor Abilities in Circus Arts at the University of Rome, discovered the possibility of amalgamating Art and Science. Since then, all her theatre, circus and science courses for children have an interdisciplinary aspect. She gives workshops on mathematics, theatre, circus to children of all levels, both in Italy and abroad. She has collaborated with national and international science communicators such as Agnese De Rito (Maths and Games), Cesco Reale (Math games Festival), Lorenzo Schmidt (Psiquadro), Giovanni Filocamo (Matefitness), Andrea Vico (ToScience). She has also conducted lectures and workshops on “The Mathematics of Juggling” (at the international Math festival “Tutto è numero”). In 2011, she founded the production house K-Production.
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