How to be a science wizard (matinee)

2.00pm to 3.15pm, Sunday 1 September

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

This event has already taken place

  • Credit: Midnight Science Club


Standard £16


Concession £10


Members and Patrons £7

Event description

To be a science wizard, you don’t need a laboratory filled with fancy equipment, in fact, many of the world’s most famous scientists made great discoveries and inventions using common, everyday items.

Join Steve ‘Jake’ Jacobs from Midnight Science Club at Faraday Studios in the US in a demo-filled spectacular, and find out the surprisingly simple skills it takes to think like a scientist. Expect laughs, excitement and plenty of interesting science along the way.

This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+.

About the speaker

Prof. Steve ‘Jake’ Jacobs is an accomplished scientist, educator, author, and media personality, with a career built out of making science fun and accessible. The former chief scientist of television’s Discovery Channel, Jake has written and presented a series for the Discovery Channel, and also for National Geographic TV and Fox Television where he was the creator and on-air host of the series Jake’s Attic.

As well as over 15 years of classroom teaching & administration, he also has a wealth of experience in science communication. He is Director of Science Education at Children’s Museum of Wichita & Mr. Wizard Studio, Hollywood, as well as Science consultant to Disney, National Public Radio (NPR), the Smithsonian, PBS, Nickelodeon, Paramount Television and FOX Television.

Jake is known in the US as Wizard IV, a title inherited from his predecessors: television’s Mr Wizard, Don Herbert (Wizard III), Hubert Alyea of Princeton University (Wizard II), and the inspirational leader of all science communication wizards, the Royal Institution’s very own Michael Faraday. Jake is currently participating in a worldwide hunt for Wizard V, an aim he wishes to achieve through aim encouraging the next generation to acquire skills enabling them to ‘think as a scientist’, and to apply those skills in everyday living.


The doors will open at approximately 1.30pm, with a prompt start at 2.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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