How Blast Science started 5..4..3..2..1... lift off!
BLAST (Brad & Lydia’s Awesome Science Team) was set up in 2013 by two Science educators and entertainers - Brad Gross and Lydia Samuel.
Blast Science started out as an idea at a kitchen table in the Sussex countryside and was formulated over a lot of good coffee and home-made cake. The idea was to set up a fantastic, gold-plated Science extravaganza, delivering awesome Science shows in schools across Sussex and beyond, and offering fast-paced and entertaining Science-themed birthday parties to kids of all ages.
To infinity and beyond, let’s get this show on the road... after all its only rocket science...
Lydia (the L in BLAST) has been a Primary School Science Teacher and Science Subject Leader in Brighton for more than 15 years, alongside being Director of Blast Science since 2013. She has taught Primary Science in every form to literally thousands of children. In her teaching career she engineered human circuits, had fun with exploding mints and taken 400 children into space - dressed as Rapunzel - in a special 'Up & Down' Science Week. In Blast Science she loves making Science mysterious and magical, gross, explosive and messy. She has co-written the Totally Gross and Rock Shows and devised the Science of Chocolate and Wizard Science Shows. She loves the awe and wonder of Science and making it fun, accessible and exciting. She also relishes the grosser aspects of Science and has a penchant for making fake poo and edible blood to entertain and delight.
She is based in Brighton and is also mum to two secondary age children. She likes dressing up in silly outfits at every opportunity, never refuses a cup of tea and has a healthy obsession with both Star Wars and Harry Potter.
The Brad Gross Memorial Prize
Brad Gross, Co-Founder of Blast Science, passed away in 2017 aged just 45. He will be hugely missed by all those in Blast, as well as by countless kids across Sussex and beyond. His passion and zest for entertaining and educating young people about Science was infectious and inspirational. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met, and his favourite place was on a stage, surrounded by equipment, science paraphernalia and drums. In between explaining rhythm he would be setting his hands on fire and then jettisoning toilet paper all over the audience.to teach about Forces and Materials. His goal: to make science fun, silly and memorable. He achieved all three in every show and party he ever did.
To continue his legacy we are going to set up the Brad Gross Memorial Science Prize. Brad felt strongly about the importance of bringing Science Events to disadvantaged children who may not be able to afford expensive birthday parties or be taken to shows. So we would like to be able to offer some FREE bespoke hands-on science sessions to groups of up to 10 children in schools where the children come from disadvantaged backgrounds but show a real flair and enthusiasm for Science. We will be able to work with one school each term (so three each year). Do contact us for more information or if you think your school may qualify for these special sessions.
Brad The B in BLAST, Brad was the driving force behind the company from its inception until his untimely death in 2017. He loved nothing more than being on a stage, larking about and entertaining and educating children about the wonders of Science. He made a living out of this for more than 15 years in one form or another and was a born performer and a self-taught scientist. Brad - who hailed from New York - was a former London Science Museum Presenter and Head of Science Outreach at Herstmonceux Observatory in Sussex, not to mention underwater welder, teacher, TV presenter, landscaper, jazz musician and too many other ridiculous jobs to mention. Brad devised the Materials, Forces, Space and Sound Shows and co-wrote the Gross and Rock Shows. The Totally Gross show is of course named after him!
He was both a Director and Performer in Blast Science and particularly loved the more dangerous experiments involving fire, loud bangs and lots of audience reaction. Alongside this Brad played as a highly talented jazz drummer in a host of Hastings based bands. He liked 1950s tweed suits, proper coffee and Star Wars. He is hugely missed and his legacy lives on in Blast Science.