2017 AIPG National Annual Conference Music City Rocks - Geology in the Past, Present, and Future
Creating Meaningful Experiences in School Settings
Monday, September 25, 2017, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon (earn 4 contact hours or .4 CEU's)
For many…, scientific research and the development of new technology are the exclusive domains of scientists and engineers. Many people have never met or had a conversation with a working scientist, and thus feel no personal connection to science at all.
Face-to-face interactions between scientists and public audiences are important opportunities for improving public awareness and understanding of current research and its application. They also increase public appreciation of the individuals who work in science-based fields.
Portal to the Public Implementation Manual - 2011
In this 2-part workshop, staff from the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) will help you develop practical strategies to effectively engage with audiences in public settings, mainly targeting students in grades 4-8. You will be re-introduced to the pleasure of discovery; learn how to integrate educational standards into school visits; and begin crafting a personalized story and hands-on activity about your work or research.
Part 1 of this workshop will introduce you to creating memorable experiences and understanding audiences’ needs, including teachers’ justification for having a scientist visit their classroom and curriculum standards. This part of the workshop will be hands-on and involve working closely with other participants.
Part 2 of this workshop consists of one-on-one or small-group consulting to help create your unique science story and begin developing a customized hands-on activity specifically about your work that you can share with classrooms or other public audiences. You will be able to sign up for appointments for this section at the conclusion of Part 1. If there is no more available space, or you would like to continue working with a facilitator after Part 2, you will be able to communicate with him or her through phone, or online communication.
While this workshop focuses on upper elementary and middle school audiences, the skills and practices learned are transferable to other audiences and settings including other grade levels, museums, nature centers, parks, the general public, and more.
Workshop Facilitators: Adam Blankenbicker – Education Specialist
Adam brings over 10 years-experience as a geologist and educator in formal and informal learning environments to the AGI. As a Peace Corps volunteer Adam integrated environmental and science curriculum into local schools while collecting data for his M.S in Geology. Upon returning he continued pursuing education in public schools, the Audubon Society and the as a Fellow at the Boston Museum of Science. Before coming to AGI in 2016, Adam worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as the Geology Educator.
Celia Thomas – Program Associate
Celia brings experience from both formal and informal learning environments. She has worked with elementary-aged students during summer school, aiding in math, science, and reading. Celia has also led hands-on STEM activities in a Science Summer Camp. Celia came to AGI in 2016, previously working at a nearby Nature Center. There, she engaged visitors in natural and life sciences, led public nature programs, and taught and tutored children in their after-school program. Celia has a M.S. in Geosciences with a focus on teaching in the classroom.
AGI is a member of the Portal to the Public Network (PoP-Net), an internationally-recognized, and NSF-supported, program that connects scientists and the public. Along with “PoP” training, Adam and Celia also bring AGI’s experience developing products and training for teachers and schools.