What can we learn from                   Science Cafes?Kendra Redmond, AIP / Society of Physics Students Program Coordinat...
• A scientist walks into a bar… (Introduction to cafes)• Beyond drinks… (Café happenings)• A non-scientist leaves a bar… (...
C A F EComfortable Accessible   Food    EngagingAtmosphere      to        &      Scientist            EVERYONE     Drink
Portrait of a science cafe       • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• Break the Ice   • NOVA scienceNOW video clip (5 minutes)• Start a Conversation (20 minutes)   • Scientist thoughts• Ques...
Common Goals of CafésEngage non-scientistsProvide a good science experienceGo where people areShowcase scienceHumaniz...
NOVA-SPS PartnershipNOVA: Use the enthusiasm and structure of theSociety of Physics Students to advance reach ofFabric of ...
Assessing ImpactNOVA Evaluators: Goodman Research Group, Inc.                     Specializes in evaluating educational pr...
Assessing Impact: OrganizersWhen asked directly about whether and how attendancewas meaningful to them, organizers noted t...
Assessing Impact: OrganizersSome noted a fundamental difference between understandingand engagement and noted that Science...
Assessing Impact: Attendees•The NOVA scienceNOW Science Cafés are an effective way toreach participants who traditionally ...
Assessing Impact: Attendees•Attendees appreciated the casual setting of the Café, withapproximately one in five stated tha...
The Science Café Community230 registered cafes48 states, 5 countries
The NOVA/SPS Cosmic Café Effort• Sciencecafes.org’s first themed café series• Content focus includes quantum and cosmologi...
Fabric of the Cosmos19
Cosmic Cafes ResourcesSciencecafes.org toolkit:    – Episode summary, talking tips    – Contact information for potential ...
Looking ahead• “Café Conversations” monthly newsletter• Additional themed café series• Instructional videos
Science Cafes: Get Connected!Sciencecafes.org     - Find a cafe near you     - Resources for hosting cafesFacebook.com/sci...
Thank you!www.sciencecafes.orggetinvolved@wgbh.org
NoVa and Science Cafes: a Flexible Model for Public Engagement of Science
NoVa and Science Cafes: a Flexible Model for Public Engagement of Science
NoVa and Science Cafes: a Flexible Model for Public Engagement of Science
NoVa and Science Cafes: a Flexible Model for Public Engagement of Science
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An invited talk by Rachel Connolly of WGBH; delivered by Kendra Redmond of AIP, at AAPT 2012.

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Science Cafés are conversations between scientists and the public that occur in casual settings. This flexible model for public engagement is growing in popularity and increasingly being adapted to reach a range of audiences—from teachers to teens. Since 2005, NOVA has been promoting and offering resources to Science Cafés nationally as part of the outreach strategy for NOVA scienceNOW. With the launch of our new online com- munity at www.sciencecafes.org, we now have over 200 registered cafe affiliates nationally, and four international affiliates. Come and learn about cafes and how to start or grow one in your community.

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  • NoVa and Science Cafes: a Flexible Model for Public Engagement of Science

    1. 1. What can we learn from Science Cafes?Kendra Redmond, AIP / Society of Physics Students Program CoordinatorRachel Connolly, NOVA Director of Education
    2. 2. • A scientist walks into a bar… (Introduction to cafes)• Beyond drinks… (Café happenings)• A non-scientist leaves a bar… (Discussion of impact)• Café resources… (Join or start a café)• The NOVA/SPS Cosmic Café effort
    3. 3. C A F EComfortable Accessible Food EngagingAtmosphere to & Scientist EVERYONE Drink
    4. 4. Portrait of a science cafe • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    5. 5. • Break the Ice • NOVA scienceNOW video clip (5 minutes)• Start a Conversation (20 minutes) • Scientist thoughts• Questions and conversation (30 minute)• Wrap Up (5 minutes) • Announce upcoming café • Encourage continued discussion
    6. 6. Common Goals of CafésEngage non-scientistsProvide a good science experienceGo where people areShowcase scienceHumanize scienceEducate and inform
    7. 7. NOVA-SPS PartnershipNOVA: Use the enthusiasm and structure of theSociety of Physics Students to advance reach ofFabric of the Cosmos.SPS: Use the structure and resources to introducestudents to a new kind of informal outreach event.
    8. 8. Assessing ImpactNOVA Evaluators: Goodman Research Group, Inc. Specializes in evaluating educational programs, materials, servicesData collection methods•Focus groups•Attendee follow-up surveys•Phone interviews with café organizers•Scientist surveys Organizers Scientists Attendees Humboldt State University, Science on Tap
    9. 9. Assessing Impact: OrganizersWhen asked directly about whether and how attendancewas meaningful to them, organizers noted that it was amore important metric for accountability (e.g., to a CEO oran institution) than a determining factor in whether anattendee had a good experience at the Café. Though highattendance may be a meaningful metric for administrators,some organizers cited it as their primary challenge.
    10. 10. Assessing Impact: OrganizersSome noted a fundamental difference between understandingand engagement and noted that Science Cafés play a role inhelping to bridge this divide.“Engagement of the public with science and history is actuallydialogue where you make people equitable. It’s not that thescientific community looks at the public and says we need tofill their ignorant heads with science. It’s more that we need toengage scientists and the public so we can all learn.”
    11. 11. Assessing Impact: Attendees•The NOVA scienceNOW Science Cafés are an effective way toreach participants who traditionally do not attend scienceevents.•Over one-third of the attendees reported sharing what theylearned at the Science Café with friends, family, or colleagues.•The Science Café was either the first time most attendeeshad learned about the topic being presented, or it was thefirst time they had heard a scientist speak about the topic.
    12. 12. Assessing Impact: Attendees•Attendees appreciated the casual setting of the Café, withapproximately one in five stated that this aspect was whatthey liked most about the event.•A significant number of attendees retained information theyhad learned at cafés after three months.
    13. 13. The Science Café Community230 registered cafes48 states, 5 countries
    14. 14. The NOVA/SPS Cosmic Café Effort• Sciencecafes.org’s first themed café series• Content focus includes quantum and cosmological topics• Centered on the 4 episodes: – What is Space? – The Illusion of Time – Quantum Leap – Universe or Multiverse?
    15. 15. Fabric of the Cosmos19
    16. 16. Cosmic Cafes ResourcesSciencecafes.org toolkit: – Episode summary, talking tips – Contact information for potential speakers – How-to guide – Episode clipsCoasters & promotional items“Find a café near you”
    17. 17. Looking ahead• “Café Conversations” monthly newsletter• Additional themed café series• Instructional videos
    18. 18. Science Cafes: Get Connected!Sciencecafes.org - Find a cafe near you - Resources for hosting cafesFacebook.com/sciencecafes -Engage with the science cafe communityTwitter @CafeSciBoston - Encourage your students to attend or host a cafe themselves
    19. 19. Thank you!www.sciencecafes.orggetinvolved@wgbh.org

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