Telling Your Story
Date: 05/29/08
Location: Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME

Telling Your Story workshop
Most scientists are accustomed to presenting their research to colleagues or lecturing college or graduate students. But if asked to speak in front of a classroom full of elementary school or junior high school students, many scientists feel less comfortable. How should they prepare? What’s the attention span of a typical student? What types of questions are the students likely to ask? Is the aim to impart information, or to inspire a new generation of scientists?

Scientists have much to offer to K-12 teachers and students. Their work, when communicated appropriately, can add an exciting new dimension to a science curriculum or to programs in informal educational venues, as well as play a role in the professional development of teachers. However, most scientists are not practiced in communicating with K-12 audiences. The goal of the Telling Your Story workshop is to help scientists develop the necessary skills and understanding to communicate effectively with this audience, and ultimately to increase the number of teachers and students in New England who benefit from communication with ocean scientists.

Contact Name: Pam DiBona
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