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On Wednesday 6th March, Dr Jonathan Hare, a well known science educator and BBC TV science presenter, visited the Royal Hospital School to talk pupils in Years 9 to 11.

Dr Jonathan Hare talking about Hollywood Science

Dr Jonathan Hare talking about Hollywood Science

Dr Hare is a visiting lecturer in Science Communication in the Physics department at Sussex University but spends much of his time creating educational resources and giving talks and workshops to young people of all ages in the aim of encouraging and inspiring an interest and understanding of science.

His talk to the 13 to 16-year-old Royal Hospital School pupils was based on his BBC TV series Hollywood Science. He explored and questioned how realistic the science behind some of Hollywood’s classic movies and stunts actually is. He used clips from well-known films such as Speed, The Score, Waterworld and A View to a Kill and analysed the science behind them.

Herbie Bennett, Year 11, said, It was great to have an insight into a different side of the Hollywood culture that we see so much in our day-to-day lives. After exploring some of the most iconic movie scenes, it was exciting to have a chance to look deeper into the films and science behind it all. We will never look at films the same way again!”

Chris Graham, Head of Middle School, thanked Dr Hare for his stimulating talk which he was sure would get the GCSE pupils thinking about how science can substantiate, but also challenge, the world around us.