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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
NSF Grantees Poster Session
Science communication is important issue as our global society continues to grow. While most researchers are comfortable conveying their findings to their peers especially within their discipline, there is room for improvement when communicating scientific discovery to the general public. Increased engagement with science is a gateway for individuals to pursue STEM related careers. There is a pressing need for both stronger public engagement with science and improve communication of science. We set out to develop a collaborative program that connects and prepares researchers from divergent disciplines to creatively and effectively communicate science around convergent themes to public audiences of all ages.
We created an innovative program, building on existing infrastructure, capacity, and community partnerships to bring together researchers from divergent perspectives and disciplines to develop and study in an informal learning program to improve their communication of science around convergent themes. After receiving training, researchers presented to public audiences of all ages in unstructured and semi structured learning environments such as a science center and a high school hackathon. Researchers presented as individuals as well as within groups organized around a conceptual theme. Short and medium-term learning outcomes of the participants were evaluated across three different informal learning settings. We also studied the development of the researchers’ motivations and identity as they progress through the program by employing the Longitudinal Model of Motivation and Identity theoretical framework.
For this poster and executive summary, we will provide an overview of project and initial analysis. As the research evolves, we hope to see an increase in researcher motivation to communicate science to the general public. We expect that participant creativity and innovation will also increase due to the interdisciplinary interactions amongst the researchers. These collaborations may continue beyond the project which will enhance the overall academic ecosystem. Sharing their passion for research with the public will have an impact especially on traditionally underserved or underrepresented populations in STEM, engaging them in a new and interesting way.
Pelan, R. R., & Drayton, T. D., & Kajfez, R. L., & Armstrong, J. (2020, June), Convergent Learning from Divergent Perspectives: An Executive Summary of the Pilot Study Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34333
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