Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cyberoutreach

A lot of my outreach activities have been done in person: public talks, school visits and the like. I also do media interviews too, but there’s nothing like speaking in front of a group of people to keep you on … Continue reading

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Fly me to the Moon…

There are some questions that come up a lot in astronomy outreach with kids, and this is about one of them. The question is “have you ever been to the Moon?” There is a variant: “have you ever been to … Continue reading

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Oops! Tweeting a story before it’s official and other outreach blunders

I seem to know a lot about Things That Can Go Wrong™ in public outreach. I’d love to say it’s only because I’ve seen other people do them, and have never done them myself. Sadly, I’m as guilty as the next … Continue reading

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to School Visits: Fit the Second

The Primary Phase School visits are fun, and I’ve found visiting primary schools to be a wonderful experience. I’ve done visits through Scientists in Schools, MyScience and through people I know (and I’m always happy to do more!). There are … Continue reading

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to School Visits: Fit the First

I recently read a post over at Galileo’s Pendulum that discussed the most terrible scientific talk ever. There are many general lessons that one can learn from the post, and I already try to avoid each of the things that Matthew … Continue reading

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People don’t like asteroids turning into planets!

Okay, I don’t have much television experience. I have been interviewed on TV exactly once, and it was early in my outreach career. However, that one experience taught me a lot about what television wants from a scientist. Put simply, … Continue reading

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How many stars can you see in the night sky?

The real answer to this question depends of course on where you are when you’re looking – and it can be quite depressing. But this is an “out of the mouths of babes”-type story. Up to now I’ve focused on dealings with … Continue reading

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