** How to Float **

Keeping demonstrators happy.
Useful information
Kit List: 

Admin box
Floaty Experiment e.g.
Mould effect
Prism Goggles
Ear Switching Hat
Oven Shelf
Bubble Guns
Boris the Skeleton

Frequency of use: 

What you have to do as a floater is very venue specific, this role is almost always done by committee members (however there's no reason a very competent person whose been on tour weeks couldn't do it). You'll also need to think of how many floaters the venue requires, normally one is sufficient however venues with multiple rooms and areas may benefit from a second as may some large school events. There are several distinct aspects to the role and the proportion of time spent and if they're needed at all is a major aspect of the venue and getting the balance right is part of the skill of the role. They're listed bellow by task.

Bouncing Demonstrators
You need to be responsible for making sure demonstrators are fed and hydrated, this means refilling water bottles and offering snacks of varying kinds. Some people like sugary things, some biscuits, some savoury things, some even like fruit so make sure you vary it up. You'll need to decide how forceful you are at doing this, in more structured events like schools regular breaks and lesson changes makes it easy for people to grab things and there's often free experiments you can feed up while they're waiting for a group. In public events don't be afraid to sometimes interrupt the flow to get them something, if you do be very forceful as they're likely to instinctively say no. You can also drop items on their table.
If facilities permit you can make teas and coffees and deliver them too.

Demonstrating your experiment
Floaters often carry a small experiment which can be used to entertain people for a varying length of time. This is especially important at school events and can be detrimental at public events, busking is sometimes done instead at public events which is a very different job. At schools due to the format you may find a group finishes and has seen all available free options at which point you are required to demonstrate until something new becomes free, being signed off on multiple floating experiments is beneficial if it happens to the same group twice. Remember you're not a demonstrator so you should be able to move them on quickly to an actual demonstrator when one becomes free, a good floaty experiment can be easily cut off but also teach something.

Admin and feedback
It's often the floaters role to check people are happy with experiments, make sure they've signed risk assessments for them and the like. In schools you'll need to give a teacher questionnaire towards the end of the day, ideally they should be completed and returned on the day, there may also be teacher packs to hand over as well as an invoice. In public events you should set up feedback forms from about chaos near an exit and point people towards them as they head out. All forms go into a wallet and should be labelled with date and venue and go into the Phil folder in admin.

Outside of schools it's usual we demonstrate through lunch at reduced capacity. This means sending 2-3 people for lunch at a time, start from around 11:30 (you'll probably find a few hungry people) and continue until everyone has eaten, this includes you at some point. Emphasise lunch breaks should be relatively short (30 mins), normally people are around this if there are people around chatting for a long while ask if they're ready to return. You need to eat at some point, you should get someone else to cover floating if you're the only floater. Make sure you haven't forgot anyone, including yourself.

Recruiting and being friendly
If a demonstrator isn't doing anything and you don't have anything to do talk to them, ask them their thoughts on the experiment (writing them on the RA is a good idea) and any other bits. We want them to do more chaos events in future so you could tell them about the options?

Promoting chaos
Talk to the teachers and members of the public, explain chaos and what we do they may have useful contacts or ideas and it's generally good press. You can also take photos if appropriate, but make sure you get permission from the school (who should have parental permission) or parents (at a public event).

Communicating plans
There's often complicated logistics or dinner being planned so shoppers can make an early getaway, as floater you may be needed to distribute these as best as possible. This may mean passing notes or messages.

Closing experiments (when should I demonstrate?)
One of the first things a floater should check is if people are happy with experiments, often before demonstrating starts as well as after people have had a few attempts. You may need to advise new demonstrators on a few things maybe they were very quick and struggled to explain a few ideas, however be willing to admit you're not the best and direct them to someone whose better if you can only give them ideas to tide them over. There'll be times when you have to close an experiment, it may be due to toilet breaks, lunch or experiment malfunction. For a malfunction, if it's busy and it'll take more than a few minutes to fix properly it's probably not worth it, get the demonstrator to look through and pick and sign for a new experiment, in a school this could be one they did recently and signed for and the y can choose properly at a break. Otherwise you should use an experiment closed sign and while floating check people aren't touching. Get the demonstrator to tidy so it looks boring, drop things in boxes and hide things under tables,fry and make it quick to reassemble though. There might be times you want to float onto the experiment, in which case you first need to be signed on the ra and secondly consider the number of floaters remaining and if its really necessary. Try not to get too distracted from your main job of floating if you do this.

The Weather
With the outside there's all kinds of unpredictability, these include:
Rain: you should pack away experiments and bring demonstrators inside, remember the slip risks if you want to continue in light rain.
Sun: make sure everyone is hydrated, sun stroke and heat exhaustion is a real risk. You'll also want to get people suncream and remind them to reapply regularly. There's some in safety normally.
Snow: Like rain but colder, probably best to get people and experiments out of there and warm everyone up.

Risk Assessment
Risk assesment checked by: 
Risk Assessment: 

Floating has a few additional risks

Forgetting to eat your own lunch
Blocking walkways