At Pacific Science Center (PSC) we have a program through our Portal to the Public (Now POPNet) department where scientists, researchers, and medical professionals can join a network of Science Communication Fellows. These Fellows become partners with PSC and are asked to participate in volunteer events throughout the year. The Fellows go through multiple workshops and training presenters with our staff, where they develop interactive activities and practice communicating their research to general audiences.
Once their activities are done, we bring in teenagers from our teen work program (Discovery Corps). These teens evaluate the activities and researchers and provide feedback to improve the communication. In our Teen Science Café program so far we have only asked for speakers from our large network, as they have already developed an activity and practiced communicating with younger audiences. To prepare the speakers for the cafés, we generally have them meet once with specific members of our Youth Leadership Team, who watch the full presentation and activity then provide their feedback and suggested changes.
About Pacific Science Center
Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center.
On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated making science fun for 50 years.
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