This guide provides basic information for scientists who wish to engage in education and public outreach (EPO). Engaging in EPO can be an excellent way to address funding agencies’ requirements that proponents articulate the broader societal value of their research.
In this guide, EPO refers broadly to efforts to increase awareness and understanding of science. Audiences targeted by EPO can include students, teachers, children, adults, and just about any conceivable subset of these (e.g., economically disadvantaged youth, adult education instructors, museum visitors, parents, newspaper readers, high school students). Whether you are preparing a proposal or looking for tips to implement EPO effectively, this guide can help you recognize and contribute to high-quality EPO.
Support for this project comes from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science’s Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and from the authors’ respective institutions. Funding to publish the guide was provided to TOS through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Single copies of the guide are available by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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