Meet the Team!
BLAST (Brad & Lydia’s Awesome Science Team) was set up in 2013 by two Science educators and entertainers - Brad Gross and Lydia Samuel. They ran it together until Brad's untimely death in 2017.
Now Blast now employs a team of fantastic performers who continue to deliver all the fantastic Science Shows, Events and Parties that Blast has become known for across Sussex and beyond.
Lydia Samuel 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 has engineered human circuits, had fun with exploding mints and taken 400 children into space during a special Science Week. In Blast Science she loves making Science mysterious, magical, gross and explosive.
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.
Brad Gross. 1972-2017
Brad Gross, co-founder of Blast Science, passed away in 2017 aged just 45. He is hugely missed by all who knew him, as well as by countless kids across Sussex and beyond.
To read more about Brad Gross and see photos and clips of him in action click here.
To continue his legacy we are going to set up the Brad Gross Memorial Science Prize - a FREE school Science session for up to 10 disadvantaged children who show a real flair and enthusiasm for Science. Do contact us for more information by email here.
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.