Schedule

check out all the exciting programs you’ll enjoy at SciCommCamp – schedule is subject to change

10:00am: Registration begins

11:00am: Pre-camp workshops part 1

12:15pm: Lunch (included for those taking pre-camp workshops)

1:00-2:30pm: Pre-camp workshops part 2

4:00-5:30pm: Welcome Activities & Tour of Camp

6:00pm: Happy Hour & Poster Session

7:00pm: Dinner

8:00-9:30pm: Keynote Speaker

9:30pm: Star Party, sponsored by Celestron

Late night: Games and snacks

7:00am: Horseback Trail Ride (Optional, Additional Fee)

8:00-9:00am: Breakfast

9:30am: Workshops I

10:45am: Coffee Break

11:00am-12:15pm: Workshops II

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

2:00pm: Roundtable Discussions I

3:00pm: Coffee Break

3:15-4:15pm: Roundtable Discussions II

4:15-5:30pm: Climbing Wall Open

5:30pm: Happy Hour

6:30pm: Fireside Chat

7:30pm: Dinner

8:30pm: Science Carnival

10:00pm: Campfire with s’mores (weather permitting)

Late night: Games and snacks

8:00am: Horseback Trail Ride (Optional, Additional Fee)

8:30am: Fruit and Cereal available for early risers

9:00am: Breakfast

10:30am: Hike to House of the Book

12:00pm: Departure

Workshops

Whether you’re an eager novice or an established science communicator, there’s something for you at SciCommCamp. Registration includes participation in two of the following 75-minute workshops:

Everyone loves a good story. Our species has been telling stories even before we had the words to do it with. That’s why narratives are often the best, most effective tools to engage an audience. In this workshop, Nadia Drake will discuss what makes a story a story, and will explain how to use storytelling techniques to enhance your writing.

Communicating science through video requires a unique skillset. Dive into the world of online video with Dianna Cowern, the always enthusiastic, ever curious, creator and host of the highly successful YouTube channel “Physics Girl!”

What makes a video successful? How do you choose the right topic? How do you turn your passion into action? How does writing for video differ from other formats? Dianna will answer these questions and more, and share the tips and tricks she’s learned from her own experience navigating the video space.

Growing up in a single parent home on the south side of Chicago, Justin Shaifer had little awareness of the potential of a STEM career. Now, he is the Founder & Executive Director of Fascinate Inc., an organization created to excite underrepresented students about STEM. From cartoons like “Hood Science,” to roving around the country in “The Magic Cool Bus,” Justin has devoted his career to developing culturally responsive scicomm. In this workshop, he will share techniques for communicating science to an audience diverse in background and age. Go beyond reach, and explore new ways to represent, respect, and connect with people whose experience differs from your own.

SciCommCamp offers two optional intensive 2-3 hour pre-camp workshops, which you can enroll in for an additional fee:

So you want to strike out on your own, or maybe just add some freelance work to your plate, but you don’t know where to begin? We’ve got you. In this workshop, Rose Eveleth will cover everything you need to know to get started with freelance work. We’ll go over everything from pitching, keeping track of assignments, coming up with a business plan, invoice tips, taxes, and more. You’ll get real-life examples of things like pitches and contracts, as well as a few handy exercises to do as a group to really refine your freelance life.

What does improv have to do with science communication? More than you realize! Improv is an incredible tool for learning how to listen, build on each other’s ideas, gain confidence, and improve public speaking skills. Using the basics of comedy improvisation to encourage innovative thinking through adaptability and spontaneity, Alison Becker (who you might recognize as  Shauna Malwae-Tweep from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation) will teach you how to communicate better with clients, colleagues, peers, and during interviews!

Poster Session

Present your research! Spread the word about your science while getting feedback on the presentation itself.

SciCommCamp is pleased to offer participants a chance to share their work! No matter what the topic – maybe you study avian physiology, or neurochemistry, or even the science of science communication – we want to learn about it.

While enjoying the opening reception on Friday afternoon (complete with hors d’oeuvres and wine), SciCommCampers will have the opportunity to tell each other about their research. From the poster design to your “elevator pitch,” this is a chance to practice some of the most common methods that scientists have to communicate about their work!

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