• Question: What do you think is the best way to educate people today on the topic of science outside of school? ( e.g YouTube videos, social media, podcasts, etc. )

    Asked by anon-249968 on 16 Mar 2020.
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      Sophie Arthur answered on 16 Mar 2020:

      Outside of school I would say social media – that could be YouTube, that could be Instagram, podcasts as you mentioned or more and more so in Tik Tok videos now. There are loads of scientists and science communicators like me who like to share science in fun and engaging ways that isn’t just reading about things in a textbook. Plus most of us have access to the internet and spend so much time scrolling through social media on our devices each day that I think learning a little something whilst scrolling is the best way forward. That is what I do as Soph talks science anyway 🙂 and something I am passionate about. Any of these ways is great because you can reach more people. Some people prefer listening to podcasts as they travel, some people watch YouTube endlessly, so using all of them will help us to educate more people

      I also think events are great. That might be a visit to the Science Museum or there are festivals where there are science themed events too. You can often talk to scientists in real life and ask them all your questions whilst learning something new too.

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 16 Mar 2020:

      I always loved – and still love! – going to science museums or festivals where there are hands-on exhibitions. I often learn better from doing than from watching or reading.

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 17 Mar 2020:

      I support the concept of edutainment (education and entertainment). This can be done via youtube, podcasts or comics. Another possibility is going to science festivals and science exhibitions in museums. I don’t use Instagram, but I think Twitter would be pretty good to follow science. You can follow departments or researchers who do work on topics you are interested in and see what the latest news from they are.

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      Nuru Noor answered on 17 Mar 2020:

      By taking part in events like this and attending science festivals like the ones organised and supported by the British Science Association – which I sometimes help out with in Cambridge 👍

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      Paige Chandler answered on 17 Mar 2020:

      This is a great question. All of those examples are good ways. Documentaries, podcasts, social media, YouTube, open days for labs, school visits, museums… I think the key is to try and advertise science on as many platforms as possible, so you can catch as many people’s attention as possible!

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      M S answered on 17 Mar 2020:

      Everyone learns in different ways. I’m a very visual learner so youtube was AMAZING for me at university.

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 18 Mar 2020:

      Great question!!! I think some of the science fairs are really good – there have been some great hands on science experiments that students can do and actually get to meet and chat to scientists.

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 19 Mar 2020:

      I think interactive exhibits at science fairs or museums are a great way to learn! I also found youtube videos really helpful, especially for learning about chemical reactions!

      When I was younger I also liked the ‘Horrible Science’ books (by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles) – they made science really fun!

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 19 Mar 2020:

      Everyone hear has made some really great suggestions that I agree with! I think one skill though that I find useful is being told to teach something to someone else – I find I learn something very well when I have to communicate it to someone else in straightforward terms. A good motivation to find a science study buddy!