Pacific Science Center Workshop

Communicating Science

This event is sponsored by JISAO and is free to all JISAO, CIG, and NOAA/PMEL staff

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Part 1: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Part 2: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Participants may attend both sections, or choose to only attend Part 1. To attend Part 2 requires attending Part 1.

Location: PMEL seminar room, NOAA Building #3, 7600 Sand Point Way NE (Security clearance is required for participants who do not already have NOAA security badges. For details email Jed Thompson.
Admission: Space is limited to 20 participants per session, so please register.
Registration: Email Jed Thompson at and specify which sessions of the workshop you will be attending.

This Pacific Science Center workshop will engage participants in dynamic and reflective activities designed to introduce basic science communication concepts and techniques. These practices and theories are broadly applicable to a range of educational outreach settings including classroom programs, informal facilitation of a display or activity, or casual conversations.

Overall workshop goals (Part 1 & Part 2):

  • Introduce participants to fundamental concepts related to how general public audiences (including children and adults) learn science.
  • Introduce participants to basic best practices in science communication like hooking an audience and developing meaningful and relevant messages.

Goals for extended session (Part 2 only):

  • Review best practices for designing hands-on educational activities.
  • Introduce and practice educational program facilitation techniques like questioning and using analogies.