We are helping to provide workshops for Middle School Science Teachers designed to support the teaching of physical science at the middle school level. These workshops are directed by the Cornell Center for Materials Research.
At these workshops we bring together talks from researchers in the New York area as well as an additional keynote speaker. The rest of the time will be taken up by short (2 min.) presentations. These presentations give the audience a flavor for the research topic and techniques used to address the research problem discussed. The overall goal is to give the audience an overview of the type of research techniques being used and problems being studied in the New York area.
Itai is working with Redshift productions and Maren Waldman, a choreographer and dancer, to create a dance and spoken word performance focused on motion at different length scales.
This six-session workshop exposed participants to techniques for presenting themselves in public. Students used improvisation, physical and vocal exercises, and multiple presentation assignmentsto help them find their scientific voice when speaking to fellow scientists, funding agents, and the lay public.
Recently, Itai Cohen caught up with Ellen Ferrante to discuss what it is like being a scientist. The interview is available on the LiveScience website, which has partnerships with MSNBC and Google News. ScienceLives is designed to showcase scientists and engineers who are
producing cutting-edge research in their fields.
In collaboration with the Cornell Center for Materials Research and the Ithaca Public Library, Jesse has been participating in the monthly series Families Learning Science Together. Themes range from "the science of bridge building" to "junk box experiments." Each month a new set of activities is available for children and parents to engage in together. Stop by the Ithaca library and ask about when the next event is scheduled, or email JLS533 <at> cornell.edu to find out more.