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SCIENCE FOR ALL! An experinece to learn to Communicate Science to children and adolescents

Pilar Roca-Salom  

One of the aspects that we as professors must develop for our undergraduate science classes is the general competence to be able to transmit information, ideas, and to discuss problems and their posible solutions within the disciplines of science to a specialised as well as a non-specialised public. With this aim, a group of science professors from the University of the Balearic Islands proposed a encounter between undergraduate science and engineering students and primary, secondary and highschool students, which gave birth in the form as the science fair: CIÈNCIA PER TOTHOM [Science for all]. This experiment had two main goals, one was to foment curiosity and interest among young students for science and science communication, while the other objective was to use the meeting as a framework for undergraduate students from our university to put to practice the competence of science communication. The undergaduate students actively participated in the planning and development of all of the expositions, and the experiments demonstrated were all done with materials students could easely find at home or at school. Undergraduate students were also responsible for the experiment set-up, display and their presentation to the audience. A diversity of scientific activities were made available: scientific experiments, blog presentations (where visitors found a record of the development of the experents demonstrated) a workshop of molecule visualization, scientific games (trivial, word puzzles,....) This encounter took place during May 16 and 17 of 2014 with the participation of 250 UIB undergraduate students who meet and entertained over 3,000 visitors. Due to the elevated level of acceptance and satisfaction shown by the undergraduate students and visitors, the organizing professors are already looking for organizing a second encounter.

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