On top of the incredible spaces, there’s also a whole programme of crowd-pleasing events that will feed your curiosity and get your imagination roaming wild. Including mind-blowing zoo science activities, sensory spectacles and breath-taking performances!
One artist we’ve collaborated with is Science Communicator and Rapper, Jon Chase, who produces science raps and workshops to inspire people of all ages. Having worked with NASA, the Open University, BBC Learning and CBeebies, Jon has now teamed up with Chester Zoo to create a rap especially for Wild Worlds.
Jon tells us more about his involvement in the festival and why he believes knowledge should be made available in a number of different ways to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to access it.
“It’s important to find more creative ways to get science across to people; it can often come across as a very dry subject. Science is the study of the natural world, so anything that you say about the natural world is relevant to science. Sometimes it’s not about the equations, it’s about remembering the natural world and that initial curiosity we have for it, ways to put it across and ways to represent it.
Watch Jon’s Sustainable Palm Oil Rap above
“I think it’s important to communicate science in many different ways as people are different and you can’t expect one message, said in the same way, to appeal to everybody. The wise thing to do is to find different ways to access the public – it’s not just about thinking ‘I’ve got a message, you guys have got to listen!’, it’s more about thinking what type of thing do they want to listen to, what are they into and how do I relate that to the issues I’d like to get across to them? And the way that I do it is through raps or rhymes.
“I think Wild Worlds is WICKED! It’s literally STEAM in action – it’s the collaboration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths! It’s crazy to see what the other Wild Worlds collaborators have come up with too – they are ridiculously good!
“It’s not about the direct science and working out the equations, doing the studies and needing to have a degree or a background in science to understand something. Using creative methods to get things across allows people to engage with it in a way that suits them better or connects with them personally. I think some people can look at a piece of art and feel inspired by it and they might take one message from it; it might not be that they’re learning how to do science but they’re engaging with the world around them – and remember, science is the study of the natural world.”