|Weekly Discussion Prompts
|Science Reporting Project
|Data Visualization Project
Weekly Discussion Prompts
Students are responsible for bringing at least one question, topic, quote, or other idea to use in initiating the conversation each week.
Science Reporting Project
Translate a recent scientific paper into a popular format (newspaper, blog, video, etc) that careful explains the work, situates it within the context of the scientific conversation, and even-handedly speculates on the possible implications of the research and discoveries.
Find a data set (possibly from Data.gov). Use that data set to tell a story about a place, group of people, or other phenomenon.
- Use demographics data to tell the story of a neighborhood’s gentrification
- Use historic rainfall data to track changing climate patterns in the American Southwest
Additionally, produce a short response paper detailing the limits of the data and how you navigated around them or worked with them to further tell your story.
Data Visualization Project
Using one of the tools we have discussed, build a data visualization to accompany your narrative from the previous assignment.
From this syllabus:
- Scientific Poster
- Message Box
- Press Release
- Elevator Speech
- 3-Minute Thesis Competition Script
- Audio/Visual Media project (Final Presentation)
- One Additional Communication Project – Possible options: “letter to the editor,” op-ed for an organization’s newsletter (conservation group, botanical garden, aquarium, zoo, etc.), teaching & learning activity, blog post, public lecture
Available For Free
- Field Guide for Science Writers : The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers
- Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication
- The Data Journalism Handbook