SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Taught by Alice cai

TUESDAYS

7:30 - 8:30 PM ET

4/6/2020 - 6/15/2020

In this weekly course, students will learn how to effectively communicate in STEM fields and apply creativity to scientific work. All too often, scientists and engineers struggle to formulate their ideas and work in a clear and concise fashion. This major roadblock not only hinders individual success, but also slows the advancement of science as a whole, as convoluted communication often dampens the interest of the next generation of youth. We will examine the fundamentals of science communication and its intersection with the arts, and then apply these concepts to cold emails, literature reviews, research plans, papers, scientific presentations, science news, and more.
 
Instructor: Alice Cai (alice@buzzonline.org)

4/6/2020

INTRODUCTION
  • Why is science communication important? 

  • How can this course help you become a powerful science communicator?

  • What opportunities can you take advantage of?

  • Come up with your course project idea.

4/13/2020

OPPORTUNITIES
  • How do you get started on a research project? 

  • What kinds of unconventional opportunities can you take advantage of?

  • Draft a cold email to an authority related to your project.

4/20/2020

FUNDAMENTALS
  • What elements do you have to balance to become a powerful communicator?

  • How should you approach different types of communication tasks? 

  • Create something related to your course project, or science at large.

4/27/2020

LITERATURE REVIEW
  • What are the important components of a literature review?

  • How do you approach different types of reviews?

  • Write a literature review on your project topic.

5/4/2020

THE ABSTRACT
  • What makes a powerful abstract?

  • How can you write a powerful abstract?

  • Write an abstract for your course project.

5/18/2020

SCIENTIFIC POSTERS
  • What makes a scientific poster appealing

  • How can you create a powerful scientific poster?

  • Create a scientific poster on your project.

5/25/2020

ORAL COMMUNICATION
  • What role do storytelling and speech play in science?

  • What are the different approaches to effective oral communication?

  • Describe a concept in your project to three different-leveled audiences.

6/1/2020

POP SCIENCE
  • Why does science become controversial sometimes?

  • How do you navigate popular science with integrity?

  • Create a piece of pop science related to your project.

6/8/2020

SCIENCE & THE ARTS
  • Where do science and the arts intersect?

  • What value can be found at the intersection?

  • Create a piece of sciart to top off your project.

6/15/

THE BIG PICTURE
  • How have you grown through this course?

  • How can you apply these ideas to your reality?

  • Get a simple tool-box for future use.

  • Share what you've learned through writing, art, music, video, social media, etc.

5/18/2020

POP SCIENCE
  • Why does science become controversial sometimes?

  • How do you navigate popular science with integrity?

  • Create a piece of pop science related to your project.