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Wednesday, July 10 • 18:10 - 18:30
INFORMAL SCIENCE EDUCATION AND ACOUSTICS

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Many people do not know what acoustics is, let alone attend school in order to become acousticians. However, growing evidence shows that 'non-school' science programs can stimulate scientific interest and therefore, increase understanding of specific academic and professional career opportunities. If adults and children are introduced to acoustics in less ridged settings, they may be more likely to pursue an acoustics education and career. Therefore, in order to increase exposure and access to acoustics, it is important to offer different learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom framework. This presentation will first discuss informal science education frameworks and science communication methods, such as the National Research Council's seven strands for learning science in informal settings and flipped pyramid talking points. The presentation will then discuss how the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) employs informal science education strategies in hands-on acoustics outreach demonstration sessions for students, Girl Scouts/Girl Guides, and the general public. Finally, the presentation will conclude with a brief discussion about how scientists and researchers can integrate informal science education strategies into their own research activities.

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Olivier Robin

Research professional, Groupe d'acoustique de l'université de Sherbrooke

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Wednesday July 10, 2019 18:10 - 18:30 EDT
Outremont 7
  T13 Acoustical education, SS01 Educ in ac: catching attention …