Science Communication Workshop: How to Stop Talking a Like a Scientist

July 17, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Narragansett, RI

Scientist presentationEngaging high school students in science and engineering fields can spark their imaginations and help determine their career choices. Unfortunately, scientists seeking to share their expertise as mentors often speak a different, jargon-filled language that does not translate well to non-expert audiences.

Metcalf Institute held a science communication workshop for graduate and undergraduate engineering students who are members of a grant-funded cohort under the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship. The workshop featured design engineer Jonathan Blutinger, Columbia University.

The workshop offered training to the participants in how to effectively share research with high school students. Workshop participants are part of a joint project between researchers at the University of Rhode Island and University of Alabama in Huntsville designed to inspire minority high school students to pursue higher education and careers in science and engineering fields related to renewable energy development.

The workshop aimed to give participants the tools and confidence to conduct seminars at Times2 Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, and Madison High School in Madison, Alabama.

Following a series of presentations on the fundamentals of science communication for high school students and other non-expert audiences, participants applied what they learned by preparing and delivering short presentations on scientific topics under the guidance of expert coaches.

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation Grant No. CBET 1508844.

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