Embodied thinkers (in early science) at the Royal Society of Edinburgh

29 Aug 2019
RSE programme screen

On Friday 23rd August Andrew ManchesClaire Sowton and Alexia Revueltas Roux, together with Steven Dakers (performance artist), participated in the ‘Curious’ Summer events programme organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

‘Embodied thinkers (in early science)’ combined a participatory game of science charades, an overview of research on embodied learning, and two short performances.  Our performance, told twice incorporating difference senses each time, asked the audience to consider the character of the city of Edinburgh.  

Women in Science exhibition
Andrew presenting

Images: Royal Society of Edinburgh reception exhibition (left), Andrew Manches presenting research on embodied learning (right)

Science charades is similar to the family game though played with a deck of cards made up of science concepts (friction, pressure, galaxy).  After some initial eye-rolling as participants racked their minds to mime out 'pollution' and 'balance', our audience quickly embraced the spirit of the game shouting out answers with much hilarity. The event was well-received by our audience in a variety of ways.  One attendee produced their own science concept card while others provided feedback as comments or through our ‘stamp to rank’ chart of questions, setting future direction by answering questions with an ink-stamp shaped as a compass.  We’re now using the event to reflect on the development of our public engagement programme for the third year of the Move2Learn project.

Image: Evaluation feedback 


This material is based upon work supported under a collaboration between the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Wellcome Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via a grant from the NSF (NSF grant no. 1646940) and a grant from the Wellcome Trust with ESRC (Wellcome Trust grant no. 206205/Z/17/Z) Disclaimer:Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of NSF, the Wellcome Trust, or ESRC.