Science theater is a non formal education strategy to communicate science combining theatrical performances with science contents. It is a class out of the classroom, that entertains and informs at the same time. The interaction between the actors and the participants during the play permits a closer change of informations and knowledge. There are some science theater groups around the world and various in Brazil. Ouroboros is a science theater group that communicates science since 2005, creating and presenting a new play every year and promoting the actors skills improvement related to science and art. Magic X Science is an interactive play (60 min) that Ouroboros theater group presents since 2006.

Special effects (chemical reactions) and the History of Chemistry are on stage with the University students from different courses of Federal University of São Carlos. The story is about a student that needs to do a homework about History of Chemistry and dreams with Merlin and an alchemist making a duel to save the king Arthur. They need to prepare a powerful elixir or a potion that would cure him, and during the play they ask people from the audience to help them in this mission. Visual chemical reactions are performed, such as redox, acid-base, polymerization, chemiluminescence, electron-transfer (flame test) reactions, etc. At the same time people are curious about the “magics”, they get some answers from the student that now explain the experiments. After the presentation, the actors-students explain the main reactions and other doubts of the public. In addition, a questionnaire is answered by these people and the data is analyzed to check the efficiency of communicating science by this non formal way, using the science theater. The play was presented more than three hundred times along these years and people of different ages be entertained and have learned with the Ouroboros science theater.

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Magic X Science
Ouroboros science theater

Karina Omuro Lupetti   Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Tiago Botassin   Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Gustavo Garcia da Costa   Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Antonio Rogério Bernardo   Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Leonardo C. Balmat   Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Ariel Lopes Rodrigues РUniversidade Federal de Ṣo Carlos, Brazil

Science theater is a non formal education strategy to communicate science combining theatrical performances with science contents. It is a class out of the classroom, that entertains and informs at the same time. The interaction between the actors and the participants during the play permits a closer change of informations and knowledge. There are some science theater groups around the world and various in Brazil. Ouroboros is a science theater group that communicates science since 2005, creating and presenting a new play every year and promoting the actors skills improvement related to science and art. Magic X Science is an interactive play (60 min) that Ouroboros theater group presents since 2006.

Special effects (chemical reactions) and the History of Chemistry are on stage with the University students from different courses of Federal University of São Carlos. The story is about a student that needs to do a homework about History of Chemistry and dreams with Merlin and an alchemist making a duel to save the king Arthur. They need to prepare a powerful elixir or a potion that would cure him, and during the play they ask people from the audience to help them in this mission. Visual chemical reactions are performed, such as redox, acid-base, polymerization, chemiluminescence, electron-transfer (flame test) reactions, etc. At the same time people are curious about the “magics”, they get some answers from the student that now explain the experiments. After the presentation, the actors-students explain the main reactions and other doubts of the public. In addition, a questionnaire is answered by these people and the data is analyzed to check the efficiency of communicating science by this non formal way, using the science theater. The play was presented more than three hundred times along these years and people of different ages be entertained and have learned with the Ouroboros science theater.

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