About this event:
Science is creative. Whether designing experiments, writing grants or explaining topics to non-experts, creative approaches can be helpful. We want to talk about going outside of the traditional – and maybe your comfort zone – to try new media and/or topics that could lead to new opportunities.
We’ll talk about what might be holding us back and then explore ways around the blocks. We will have a fun chemistry demonstration by Tamara for inspiration.
Not only can creativity help with the traditional aspects of science, but it can help with the way science is portrayed in the public. If we keep sending out the good data and people aren’t getting it, do we need a new approach? To keep a story fresh in mainstream media, we often need a new angle/story. We’re hoping to brainstorm new ways of discussing common science stories: climate change, vaccines, chemical-free movement.
We hope you’ll be excited and ready to add a bit of creativity to your science and life!
The session will start at 7 pm but we’ll have mingling (with BEvERages) at 6:30. Please RSVP so that we comply with liquor laws.
We will have some demos from Tamara as an example of Creativity in the Classroom:
In these days of instant information, keeping the attention of your students during class can be a challenge. In order to compete with instant media sources it is important to make the information presented in the classroom dynamic, interesting and relate-able. Often students will find it hard to visualize an abstract concept from a chemistry class and it can be beneficial to provide a ‘concrete’ visual to the students. Live demonstrations are a great way to accomplish this. Not only are they entertaining for the students, they offer a creative outlet to present the relevant material in class. In this presentation, you will see how demonstrations are being used to illustrate concepts from a first year chemistry class notebook.