‘Informal science education,’ or ISE, occurs in community settings when scientific findings or concepts are presented to segments of the public, often in relatively brief encounters. Think of activities and demonstrations on the museum floor, for example, or animal encounters at a zoo. For academic scientists and other researchers interested in public outreach, informal science … Continue reading Cincinnati’s Informal Science Education Ecosystem
For over 50 years, the Cincinnati Nature Center (CNC) has aimed to inspire people, especially children, to enter nature and explore. Children have innate fascination and curiosity surrounding nature; CNC has a history of fostering this fascination and of getting children and adults alike “into the woods.” In 2020, students in our course Public Engagement … Continue reading Into The Woods: Cincinnati Nature Center
Have you gardened during the COVID-19 shutdown? In the 2020 spring semester, students in the Public Engagement in Science graduate course partnered with the Cincinnati Nature Center to inspire the community to learn about species of plants and animals originally from our region and inspire people to plant these species on their own properties. When COVID-19 led to stay-at-home orders, this took the form of hosting … Continue reading “Mission: Grow Cincinnati” Contest Winners
Promotional poster distributed to local teachers about the Plant Native! competition held by PEWS students and CNC Attention all K-12 students, parents, and teachers! We have an opportunity for students to show off their creative skills and love for plants and the environment! The Cincinnati Nature Center aims to encourage the wider community to “plant … Continue reading Poster Contest for the Cincinnati Nature Center!
Screenshot of the final meeting of the PEWS 2020 course, which met online for the last part of the semester The final meeting for the Public Engagement with Science graduate course just wrapped up. Students from MA and PhD programs in Anthropology, Biology, Geology, Philosophy, Professional Writing, and Sociology explored the theory and practice of … Continue reading Public Engagement with Science Graduate Course Concludes