Christmas lecture – Fireworks: Real Science or Just Bangs?

Speaker: Matthew Tosh
Venue: University of Chester, Thornton Science Park, in VDR
Date: 11/12/2019 17:50-18:30
Audience: Lecture suitable for everyone: schools, colleges and members of the public

Abstract

Our popular Christmas lecture to the public in an evening event to inspire the scientist in all of us. Matthew Tosh introduces you to his magical and explosive world of pyrotechnic science. Find out about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) behind fireworks, and see how he creates colours, sound effects and perfectly timed bursts to music. Featuring shock waves, forces, energy pathways, electricity, fire, sparks, smoke and more. Go behind‐the‐scenes with Matthew as he unpicks the building blocks of modern‐day firework displays. This is an exciting and demonstration‐filled show which is guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats. Book online at: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/fireworks

Speaker's Bio

Matthew Tosh is a presenter and pyrotechnician who has worked behind the scenes of firework displays and live performances for the past 14 years. He is a former teacher and TV presenter who has always been fascinated by how things work. Matthew is highly‐respected by many of the top UK science presenters for his health and safety work. His deep‐rooted positive, equalities‐driven can‐do approach has resulted in him being headhunted for science festival and stage show safety. A collaboration with Aardman Animations saw Matthew create special effects and explosions for the movie Early Man, which was released in January 2018. Closer to home, when he’s not setting fire to things, Matthew can be heard on local radio in Bristol.

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