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Why Science Outreach Matters: Case Studies at Cornell

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 10:30am to 11:30am

Boyce Thompson Institute, Auditorium

Formally training high school or college undergraduates how to do effective scientific outreach greatly enhances the probability that these students will go on to become STEM teachers or to continue to do informal science education that communicates the value of science to the public through their careers. Doing science outreach directly benefits college students' engagement and skill in STEM education.  For many students, the outreach and teaching experience is empowering and engenders a sense of community, especially when perceived as a form of civic engagement.   While there is increasing recognition that doing outreach is as beneficial to the presenters as well as the recipients, too many programs don't provide undergraduates with sufficient guidance on what it takes to effectively engage their audiences, or best practices while teaching.  In this presentation, I will share the programs I have developed to help provide Cornell University students with the skills they need to be the next generation of civically- engaged leaders in informal science education.  Specifically, I will discuss my Naturalist Outreach course ( and 19-yr K-12 Ecological Outreach program, Entomology’s 1-day Insect Fair - Insectapalooza, the Naturalist Outreach nature video series (, and talk about sharing a passion for science through museum exhibits and Monster Bug Wars. 

[come anytime after 10am for refreshments]

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CAPE: Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti

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CynthiaAnne Robinson

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Dr. Linda S. Rayor

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Department of Entomology

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