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That’s really helpful!01/13/2015 at 1:55 pm in reply to: Active, problem-based learing, citizen science and teen science cafe #3587
Good call! I’ve actually worked with several of the staff, as I did some of my graduate work in Green Bank. It’s an amazing project that allows high school students to search through pulsar survey data, and several students have made discoveries with the project. If anyone is interested in more information, I can certainly get you in touch with those in charge.
“Twitter is already a raging stream of STEM content…”
This statement makes me happy. Also, it’s so true. :-)
A standardized hashtag across the network would be a good idea, and we can still use Twitter or Facebook. If anything, that shows our activity to users of social media who aren’t teens (educators, parents, potential funders, etc.)
And I agree, beyond the brand social media, it will be up to the youth leaders to use social media as effectively as possible to recruit other teens! But if there is a local Cafe account for them to follow and retweet (reblog, repost, etc.) that helps us help them share the word.
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Thanks for the link! Looks like my sense wasn’t too far off.
Dedicating time to social media is a real commitment, and learning the lingo and tone of a platform is important. So I think each site needs to look at whether it’s worth it. I just have an interest from using it so much in my other projects with adults!
I added another post about social media (I keep leaning towards Instagram and Tumblr for this demographic) but I’m curious how texting works. Do they sign up for updates that you push through a service?
These are great questions! From what I’ve seen my first semester with the St. Louis cafes, sometimes the presenter has a great activity, sometimes they have some ideas that need to be fleshed out, and sometimes they have no ideas. In the last case, I’d have a discussion with them to try and tease out some potential ideas, and we do try it out on a trial run with YLT. (For reference, I’m a site coordinator and I do lots of hands-on outreach with astronomy in my other roles.)
Activities seem to go well in the middle of the presentation, but when I was a speaker before I worked with TSC, I think mine was mostly at the end. Wherever it flows naturally in the presentation seems to be best!