Events

Making science as pervasive as sports in today's society


30 November 2010

You are invited to the Australian Science Communicators NSW branch November get-together joint with the University of Sydney's Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IISME). Dennis Schatz of the Pacific Science Centre in Seattle, USA will present "Making science as pervasive as sports in today's society".

RSVP to: ascnsw@gmail.com
Light catering provided - Free drink for ASC members
Bar menu and drinks available.

Description: If we want a STEM literate public, then we need to focus on more than what happens in primary and secondary education where people spend only 3% of their lives. This means making STEM a lifelong, life-wide and life-deep activity - just like sports. Come hear Dennis Schatz, Senior Vice President at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, describe his institution's activities that seek to attain this dream.

Some of Dennis's interests include:

  • Co-directing Washington State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform), Washington state's science education reform effort. More information is at www.WaStateLASER.org
  • Portal to the Public program that works with scientists from universities, government agencies and industries to help them effectively communicate with public audiences. More information is at http://www.pacsci.org/portal/
  • US National Research Council's development of Surrounded by Science. This book and its companion book Learning Science in Informal Environments provide a theoretical framework for how people learn science in informal settings.


Time: 6.30-8pm

Location: Clarendon Hotel - Upstairs 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills (5 minutes walk from Central Railway)