Rapper launches online challenge for Swindon's Festival of Tomorrow

By Jamie Hill - 18 January 2021

Arts and CultureEducation

Science Rapper, Jon Chase, launched a challenge to young people across social media this week, in the lead up to next month’s Festival of Tomorrow.

Some of the best entries will have the chance to be streamed alongside Jon’s own Rap Science show, during the festival next month. The challenge was launched by the science rapper on the Science Swindon social media channels, including TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, with the chorus from his own rap, A Better View, and a challenge to young people to create their own performance. 

“We're challenging Swindon students to tell us what you want science to do for your future. Upload your videos to any social media, with the hashtag #FestivalOfTomorrow and tagging Science Swindon, by 8 February. You can rap, sing, present, perform a demo or tell a story, on your own or in a group! No Powerpoint allowed, just you and something you're passionate about!” explained the Science Rapper. “Make sure you get permission to upload to social media, and I’ll be selecting some of my favourites to stream at the festival on 20 February."

Jon is the UK’s foremost proponent of Science Raps having performed his science raps at The Science Museum, The Royal Society, The Royal Institution, and at many theatres, libraries and science festivals across the UK. His raps have featured on CBeebies’ Rhyme Rocket, CBBC’s Space Hoppers and Channel 4 Learning as well as being included amongst the Bitesize science online learning resources.

The Rap Science show and challenge has been supported by the Institute of Physics South West branch, who will also be exhibiting at the virtual festival. 

The Festival of Tomorrow, held for the first time, last February, by STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, in partnership with New Elements, is coming back this year with over two months of exciting online challenges, activities, schools’ programme, focussed around a two-day virtual festival on 19th and 20th of February.

Festival information is available at scienceswindon.com, and tickets will go live later this month.

Companies and organisations interested in getting involved should contact: info@scienceswindon.com

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