This paper explains an education program in science and technology communication at Hokkaido University in Japan. The program, "Communicators in Science and Technology Education Program (CoSTEP)", was established in 2005 and aims to educate people to be public communicators in science and technology. Those communicators are expected to take an active role in science and technology communication activities in various spheres of society. This program is especially unique in following two aspects.

First, the educational method of this program is practice-based learning. Therefore, lectures and seminars provide not only scientific knowledge but also communication skills. Communication skills taught in CoSTEP are wide-ranging from writing skills, oral presentation, and web site design, to workshop creation. Also, students can immediately use acquired knowledge in actual practical settings such as publishing, broadcasting, public events, education, and web design. To support practice-based learning, there is specially appointed staff of 8 having broad experience in practical fields such as science journalism, science writing, science museum, and participatory event.

Second, this program is aiming at collaboration with the local community. For that purpose, for example, we give classes in the weekends so that the program can attract wider publics. The current students come from various backgrounds. In addition, we are considering that the collaborations with groups and institutions in our neighboring community are critical. Some links have already established with a bookshop, a café, schools, NPOs and others.

We believe that nurturing citizenry with science literacy and communication skills through such education program leads to a greater public communication in science and technology.

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Communicators in science and technology education program (CoSTEP)

Shigeo Sugiyama   CoSTEP, Hokkaido University

This paper explains an education program in science and technology communication at Hokkaido University in Japan. The program, "Communicators in Science and Technology Education Program (CoSTEP)", was established in 2005 and aims to educate people to be public communicators in science and technology. Those communicators are expected to take an active role in science and technology communication activities in various spheres of society. This program is especially unique in following two aspects.

First, the educational method of this program is practice-based learning. Therefore, lectures and seminars provide not only scientific knowledge but also communication skills. Communication skills taught in CoSTEP are wide-ranging from writing skills, oral presentation, and web site design, to workshop creation. Also, students can immediately use acquired knowledge in actual practical settings such as publishing, broadcasting, public events, education, and web design. To support practice-based learning, there is specially appointed staff of 8 having broad experience in practical fields such as science journalism, science writing, science museum, and participatory event.

Second, this program is aiming at collaboration with the local community. For that purpose, for example, we give classes in the weekends so that the program can attract wider publics. The current students come from various backgrounds. In addition, we are considering that the collaborations with groups and institutions in our neighboring community are critical. Some links have already established with a bookshop, a café, schools, NPOs and others.

We believe that nurturing citizenry with science literacy and communication skills through such education program leads to a greater public communication in science and technology.

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