Giving Compass’ Take:
• In this Naked Scientists post, astrophysicist Dr. Jacinta Delhaize tells us about a recent school tour that she hosted with the goal of inspiring the next generation of scientists.
• How can we use astronomy as a portal to encourage more STEM learning in general, both abroad and here in the U.S.? Which resources will be needed to generate more talks and events as described here?
Hi, I’m Dr. Jacinta Delhaize. I’m an astrophysicist and recently had the pleasure of hosting the Naked Scientists’ Dr Chris Smith when he went on tour in Croatia. During the trip, Chris and I had many adventures on our quest to share our love of science and science communication with the people of Croatia.
During his time in the country, Chris was especially excited to meet the next generation of aspiring scientists and engineers. Chris and I got the chance to do so when we visited the 15th Gymnasium high school (commonly known as MIOC high school) in the Croatian capital city of Zagreb.
When we arrived at the school, we were greeted warmly by the school principal, Mrs. Ljiljana Crnković, and led into a huge hall packed with 500 very clever and eager students. The students were bursting to ask all kinds of curious science questions and we wasted no time.
As a warm up, we went on a quick tour of the entire universe. (It was of course a virtual tour, since superluminal travel hasn’t quite been invented yet!) First we discussed the Big Bang Theory. Yes, I’m referring to the beginning of the universe, but I’m also referring to the TV show by the same name! Perhaps you’ve seen it? The students correctly identified that the character of Raj on the show is an astrophysicist. But I pointed out that unlike Raj, most astrophysicists have no problem speaking to women … and some astrophysicists actually are women. Like me!
Read the full article about the Naked Scientists’ Croatian school tour by Dr. Jacinta Delhaize at The Naked Scientists.
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