USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Does Science Need a Jingle?

A few months ago, I told a well-connected colleague about the USA Science & Engineering Festival. He asked me how he could help and I suggested he help us spread the word. Well, he enthusiastically sent out a blast and I was copied on his email to about forty scientists.

One of the recipients responded to the email, almost instantaneously, saying that he had visited our website and saw a link to our jingle contest. His complaint to the email list was: “What has science come to? Do we really need a jingle contest?” I must admit that I was taken aback as I had initiated the contest. I mulled over his comments for several days, wondering whether I should discontinue the contest.

Then I literally stumbled upon this quote from Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman:

“Our poets do not write about it; Our artists do not try to portray this remarkable thing. I don’t know why. Is no one inspired by our present picture of the universe? The value of science remains unsung by singers: you are reduced to hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it. This is not yet a scientific age.”

I believe the answer is a resounding Yes — Science could use a jingle.

We are nearing the end of the USA Science and Engineering Festival jingle competition and have had dozens of wonderful submissions. I must admit that when I hear a jingle like the following one it does stir in me a grand, passionate feeling about science.

Find out more about submitting your jingle to the competition here.

Prize for the winning Jingle: $500 (and knowing that your Jingle will be heard and sung by hundreds of thousands of science enthusiasts across the country)

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2010

You can sing it solo or with your friends, with your choir or band, in unison or harmony, with accompaniment or a cappella, as long as the words and music are your idea and the entire Jingle is your original idea.

We are looking for a Jingle that

* • captures the spirit of curiosity, innovation and discovery that the Festival is all about
* • is so memorable that people can’t stop singing it!

Imagine hundreds of thousands of people humming your Jingle on their way to the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo Day in the National Mall!

Comments

  1. #1 kleer001
    April 12, 2010

    Jonathon Coulton (the nerd’s troubadour) who goes on and on about math and science and programming.
    http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/index.php/Discography

    Not exactly what you’re asking for, but the field is not completely fallow.

  2. #2 Alisdair
    April 12, 2010

    This guy has the right idea:

    http://symphonyofscience.com/

    (probably his first, A Glorious Dawn would be most jingle-worthy)

    as do They Might Be Giants:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty33v7UYYbw

  3. #3 S.L.
    April 12, 2010

    Richard Feynman, not Robert Feynman I think..

  4. #4 Joanna Pool
    April 13, 2010

    @S.L. Thanks for pointing that out! It is Richard. We have corrected that.

  5. #5 aca,
    April 27, 2010

    Yesterday, I got Wii shoulder after playing baseball for the first time. Now my muscles get tense whenever I write or move my arm in general. Good thing I don’t own a Wii myself.

  6. #6 red pepper
    May 31, 2010

    Thanks for pointing that out! It is Richard. We have corrected that.