Communicators in  Science and Technology Education  Program (CoSTEP) at  Hokkaido University, Japan,  started a monthly  Science Cafe as  a part  of its  curriculum in  October  2005. The  uniqueness of our  cafe is  that organizing  the event  itself becomes  a  way of  leaning  PCST.  In other  words,  students  of CoSTEP  are  learning  how to  design  and manage dialogic events  on scientific or technological topics by operating  actual events. The  Cafe by CoSTEP is the first regular science cafe  in the region, and  it gathers more than  100 participants  in each event. So far,  it featured topics such as astronomy  and  extra-terrestrial life,  world heritage  and  science (industrial  heritage),  secrets behind  the  success of Finnish  science education,  earthquakes and  tidal  waves, utilization  of  snow, etc.  The students  of  this cafe  practicum have to  learn how  to choose topics  and themes,  write project documents,  approach speakers,  and design  the program. Through  this  project, we  found  that  Science Cafe  can  function  as an  incubator  of science  communicators  who  can organize  and  facilitate  dialogic  events on  science  and  technology.  Combined  with  lectures,  seminars  and  practical trainings on  science and technology communication, the students are learning  the basic and practical skills of PCST.

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Science cafe as an incubator of science communicators
Challenges of CoSTEP

Naoyuki Mikami   Communicators in Science and Technology Education Program (CoSTEP)

Takeshi Okahashi   Communicators in Science and Technology Education Program (CoSTEP)

Communicators in  Science and Technology Education  Program (CoSTEP) at  Hokkaido University, Japan,  started a monthly  Science Cafe as  a part  of its  curriculum in  October  2005. The  uniqueness of our  cafe is  that organizing  the event  itself becomes  a  way of  leaning  PCST.  In other  words,  students  of CoSTEP  are  learning  how to  design  and manage dialogic events  on scientific or technological topics by operating  actual events. The  Cafe by CoSTEP is the first regular science cafe  in the region, and  it gathers more than  100 participants  in each event. So far,  it featured topics such as astronomy  and  extra-terrestrial life,  world heritage  and  science (industrial  heritage),  secrets behind  the  success of Finnish  science education,  earthquakes and  tidal  waves, utilization  of  snow, etc.  The students  of  this cafe  practicum have to  learn how  to choose topics  and themes,  write project documents,  approach speakers,  and design  the program. Through  this  project, we  found  that  Science Cafe  can  function  as an  incubator  of science  communicators  who  can organize  and  facilitate  dialogic  events on  science  and  technology.  Combined  with  lectures,  seminars  and  practical trainings on  science and technology communication, the students are learning  the basic and practical skills of PCST.

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