Science education is facing now-a-days a tough challenge around the world. Many times, the way it is being taught, it looks very technical, less interesting and sometimes even boring. Educationists around the world including in USA are worried as students are opting for more lucrative career options in business, commerce and information technology. This trend is not a healthy one as no country can progress without the development in science. Similarly scientific presentations in the conferences/ seminars/ workshops many times are quite boring because of the poor presentation.

Scientoonics is new branch of science, which deals with effective science communication using a novel class of science cartoons called scientoons. Scientoons are a new class of science cartoons, based on science. They not only make you smile and laugh but also provide information about new researches, subjects and concepts in a simple, understandable and interesting way. It is well said that a picture is worth thousand words. Cartoons are the combination of caricature and satire. Caricature means distorted drawing and satire means a humorous comment. If the subject of the cartoon is science then they are called science cartoons. Scientoons have been recognized/appreciated all over the world by several international organizations including WHO, UNESCO, UNEP, Royal Swedish Academy, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, American Chemical Society,Junior Chamber International (USA), DECHEMA, Germany, European Science Festival 2008 and also by NCSTC(DST, Govt. of India), CSIR, Indian Science Congress Association and many more.

This Scientoon based audiovisual technique is more useful when a scientific program is undertaken for mass awareness on the subjects like environmental pollution, biodiversity conservation, Nanotechnology, DNA Technology and Human Genome, AIDS awareness and many other subjects and areas. This paper is an attempt to show that how complex subjects of science can be presented and effectively explained using scientoons so that the science communication/education can be made more informative, effective, interesting and useful. A live demonstration will also be give as how to learn to draw the scientoons.

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Can science education be made a joy?
The answer is scientoonics

Pradeep Srivastava   Central Drug Research Institute

Science education is facing now-a-days a tough challenge around the world. Many times, the way it is being taught, it looks very technical, less interesting and sometimes even boring. Educationists around the world including in USA are worried as students are opting for more lucrative career options in business, commerce and information technology. This trend is not a healthy one as no country can progress without the development in science. Similarly scientific presentations in the conferences/ seminars/ workshops many times are quite boring because of the poor presentation.

Scientoonics is new branch of science, which deals with effective science communication using a novel class of science cartoons called scientoons. Scientoons are a new class of science cartoons, based on science. They not only make you smile and laugh but also provide information about new researches, subjects and concepts in a simple, understandable and interesting way. It is well said that a picture is worth thousand words. Cartoons are the combination of caricature and satire. Caricature means distorted drawing and satire means a humorous comment. If the subject of the cartoon is science then they are called science cartoons. Scientoons have been recognized/appreciated all over the world by several international organizations including WHO, UNESCO, UNEP, Royal Swedish Academy, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, American Chemical Society,Junior Chamber International (USA), DECHEMA, Germany, European Science Festival 2008 and also by NCSTC(DST, Govt. of India), CSIR, Indian Science Congress Association and many more.

This Scientoon based audiovisual technique is more useful when a scientific program is undertaken for mass awareness on the subjects like environmental pollution, biodiversity conservation, Nanotechnology, DNA Technology and Human Genome, AIDS awareness and many other subjects and areas. This paper is an attempt to show that how complex subjects of science can be presented and effectively explained using scientoons so that the science communication/education can be made more informative, effective, interesting and useful. A live demonstration will also be give as how to learn to draw the scientoons.

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