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Profile - Johnny Ball

YOUR CAREER: Former children's TV presenter Johnny Ball is now a 'science communicator' for engineering companies across the country. Nina Lovelace talked to him.

Writing musicals about maths is a skill few people could lay claim to.

However, for Johnny Ball, science communicator, Engineering & Technology Board, 'ambassador of engineering' and former presenter of children's television science programmes, it couldn't be easier.

Not to mention successful.

In 2000, Ball's musical 'Tales of Maths & Legends' brought the idea that maths can rock 'n' roll to 200,000, nine to 14 year olds across the country as part of the Department of Education & Employment's Maths Year 2000.

Ball wrote, produced and starred in the live theatre show, in a bid to help children understand how maths surrounds their lives.

The show was so successful that the Department for Education & Employment (DfEE) asked Ball to write another to celebrate its 2002 'Year of Science & Technology.'

Thus 'Tales of Blooming Science' is treading the boards.

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