Sunday, April 3, 2011

SCOM on-call

From Steph:
If there's one thing we 'Scommies' have learned this year, it's that story telling is  a must!  First hand accounts of cool science are the most engaging and fun way to get science 'out there'.  I was lucky enough to visit the Arctic, traveling through the Northwest Passage with my parents, the summer before I entered this program.  Now that was cool science.  I have endless stories to tell of that adventure, much of them involving science - marine biology, climate change, ecology, and the list goes on.

Truth be told, it "ain't easy" to go visit the far north.  It's expensive, uncharted, unpredictable.  So how the heck is most of the population supposed to tell stories about places like this in an attempt to raise awareness and explain the science?  Well, on March 22, Josh Osika and I got to experience a great science communication tool first hand.  "This Week in Science and Education" is an internet science show for teachers and students.  

Teachers, students, you, me...we can all access this great website and watch podcasts involving all sorts of interesting scientists.  Learn about their research, their adventures, how they got to where they are, etc. etc.  Dr. Dave Pearson, Josh, and I discussed the Science Communication program and the importance of story-telling.  We also did some neat science experiments (some successful, others not so much), before Dr. Dave explained Sudbury's geology.

More and more of these fantastic educational tools are becoming available.  Technology is our answer to getting at stories we can't tell first hand.  Thanks to the internet, your story-teller doesn't even need to be in your neighborhood, which makes life a lot easier.  So if you have a science story to tell, but you want an eye-witness account - its your lucky century.  Podcast your way into science communication!
You can check out Josh and Steph's T-Wise podcast here.
For more information about VROC, click here.

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