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Design Outreach Program to Bring Science to High school Students
Bringing Science to the Community
Spring 2016 1-credit course A&S 599 (24589)!
For both graduate and undergraduate students.
Topic: Biobased Chemicals and Fuels as Replacement for Petroleum
Course motivation and description
The attractiveness of sciences among secondary education American students is low and the image of science among the general population is not always positive. This, at least in part, appears to be due to a limited communication between professional scientists and the local communities. One major reason for this lack of dialogue is the inherent "language gap," i.e., science topics are difficult to explain to general public in lay terms. So, how can we address this problem?
We can bring science to community; however, we have to think how we do this. You have probably seen many exciting science experiments. But the question is whether the audience takes away any knowledge or just the excitement. We need both – Learning and Excitement!
The goal of this class is to design short demonstrations, which may be used for high school workshops providing not only an engaging experience but also a tool for learning through the observation and discussion of fundamental science experiments. The course will also include training in presenting science to the public in the form of short video recordings.
Development of Hands-On Science Activities: The purpose of this part of the class is to develop a set of hands-on activities related to Biobased Chemicals and Fuels. The development will include literature and online searches of available activities and experiment selection, plus the acquisition of essential materials for its performance. This will be followed by testing ensuring the smooth performance of the materials selected followed by their presentation to a class of peers (pretending to be HS students) as an activity for review. The final hands-on activity should not take more than 12 min.
Messenger Presentations: The bulk of general population often do not understand the importance of scientific research. Part of the reason for this lack of understanding is that scientists often present their work in technical jargon without detailing the broader framework. The goal of this activity will be to prepare 3-min statements (based on the provided guidelines) on the topic selected for the hands-on activity and related science.
For more information or to register contact:
Dr. Alena Kubatova, Abbott Hall 301, 701 777 0348
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