Museum described the chemistry exhibitions that have existed at the museum for many years and shared the details of, and rationale for, the extensive renovations under way to update and improve the exhibits. Shelley Geehr with the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) discussed the recently created CHF museum, including museum exhibits, special events, and other CHF resources available to the public. Lastly, Peter Yancone with the Maryland Science Center presented the chemistry-related activities at the museum.
Chemistry in Video and on the Radio
This panel focused on the role of video and radio in informal science education. Martyn Poliakoff from the University of Nottingham described how he and his team created the very successful Periodic Table of Videos on the Internet, which features short videos about each of the elements of the Periodic Table. Jorge Salazar of EarthSky Communications described his organization’s efforts to provide a commercial-free way for scientists to communicate their research to the public through audio and video on the radio and over the Internet. Mark Griep from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discussed his analysis of chemistry content in films and explained how popular movies can play a major role as an informal educational tool for understanding chemistry.
Tools and Techniques
In this session, speakers shared insights on new tools and techniques for communicating chemistry in informal environments. Robert Hone of Red Hill Studios shared his insights on creating educational video games. He explained different gaming design strategies and the strengths and weaknesses of using games as tools for informal education. Deborah Illman from the University of Washington discussed her ongoing efforts to provide communications training for scientists and her recent focus on working with chemists. Andrea Twiss-Brooks from the University of Chicago explained the important and changing role that libraries and librarians play as a source of informal science. She also discussed how the ACS Committee on Community Activities is trying to better collect data and evaluate the effectiveness of its outreach efforts.
Workshop Wrap-up Session
This session included four panelists with diverse perspectives who attended the entire workshop. They were asked to provide impromptu comments on what they heard during the workshop talks and discussions. David Ucko of the National Science Foundation provided a perspective from a government funding agency. Nancy Blount with the American Chemical Society presented views from the main professional organization for chemists. Joy Moore with Seed Media Group commented from the perspective of new media and communications. CSR co-chair Mark Barteau from the University of Delaware provided an academic perspective.