STEMcomm

2016 ~ Present | Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Science Festival, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Science Tavern

Goals

To produce novel, creative media about recent scientific discoveries and engineering innovations. These include but are not limited to: interactive museum-style exhibitions, online articles and videos, and festival exhibits. Specifically, the team will create one exhibit or demo per semester, and each team member will publish bi-weekly in the online science magazine Charged.

Charged publishes on any topic related to science and engineering and recent articles have covered:

  • NASA and the space program
  • Female scientists
  • Bizarre stories scientists collect when working in the field
  • Science comics
  • Big Data Ethics
  • Climate Change
  • Deadly minerals
  • The chemistry of home brewing

Issues Involved or Addressed

How can we use what we know about how people learn to improve science education outside of the traditional classroom? How can science writing (i.e. journalism or creative science writing), exhibits at educational institutions (i.e. science centers, botanical gardens, zoos and aquariums), and events like science festivals affect the public’s understanding of and enthusiasm for science? How can we use science to create more effective informal science education?

Methods and Technologies

  • Web Technologies
  • Video Editing
  • Illustration
  • Writing
  • Making (3D Printing, Laser Cutting, etc.)
  • Electronics and Electrical Design
  • Coding
  • Interpreting Science-speak into Language Anyone Can Understand

Academic Majors of Interest

  • All Disciplines
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Physiology
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration, Management
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Computing
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Sciences
  • Computational Media
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • History, Technology, and Society
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Affairs
  • Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physics - Applied
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Science, Technology, and Society

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Open to all majors

Meeting Schedule & Location

Time: 

1:55-2:45

Meeting Location: 

Klaus 1440

Meeting Day: 

Friday

Team Advisors

Dr. Jennifer Leavey (BIOL)
Dr. Ed Greco (PHYS)
Dr. Michael Evans (CHEM)
Dr. Joseph Mendelson (BIOL)

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Science Festival, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Science Tavern

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