Pop Quiz: Guerrilla Education
Hello, all. Just your friendly Noisy Astronomer here with today’s Pop Quiz!
Gorillas are awesome, but I’m not here to talk about that. Let’s talk about guerrilla tactics in education. What do I mean by that? Well, I’m actually being paid by a grant right now called “The Guerrilla Grant.” Part of my job is to go to places where people are where they normally might not be looking for science content. This weekend, for example, I’ll be at SXSW in Austin, a huge gaming, movie, and music festival. I’m always at Dragon*Con along with my colleagues, bringing citizen science projects to sci-fi and fantasy fans in their environment, with an iPad handy to show them the cool things they can do.
But you don’t need a fancy setup or big grant to teach people science and skepticism in surprising places. Last week, on Learning Space with CosmoQuest, we talked with Tavi Greiner, an astronomy advocate who teaches people about the night sky in all kinds of places, even the line at the grocery store. We asked our viewers to brainstorm some ideas on how they could teach those around them and get them involved in learning science.
So I ask you, in what ways do you educate people in an informal setting? How do you talk about your topic of choice to interested people? Do you go out of your way to get involved in local events? Do you just chat up your neighbor about the latest findings? What is the weirdest sort of education that you’ve been involved in?
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