uni week 02

Ian Lilburne, Project Manager, UWA Expo (among other things) spoke to our group about the history and big picture of the UWA Expo. The scale of the programme, publicity, budgeting and coordination appears enormous, but being the sum of its parts promises to be a fascinating and full event.

The Science Communication display is just one small part of UWA Expo 2007, but for our small team with only two weeks to design, create, and produce, is big enough.

After Ian’s presentation, Nancy led us through further information about effective labels with photographic examples from her trips to China and USA. The one that tickled my fancy was “Out foraging back soon. Until then please visit our friends”, for a display that was temporarily removed. The rule of thumb being, that displays should not be incomplete. I liken this to the disappointment of visiting web site that displays the “To be constructed. Come back soon.”.

After the formal part of the session, we shared what each of us had prepared for our homework. That is, a big idea for the Science Communication display and some suggested exhibits. This took us a little over time, but we all left with some aspect of the display that we had taken responsibility for.

The exhibit that I proposed involves making use of the window panels that are on the long side of our display space. There are five panels, and including the columns this is approximately 10.5 metres. I would like to adhere life-size outlines, head and shoulders, or actual images of people with talk bubbles. The talk bubbles are to contain quotes about communicating science. So I’m on the look out for good science quotes that would appeal. For example:

Susan Greenfield
From: http://www.thinkers.sa.gov.au/images/Greenfield_Report_Insert.pdf

“Science communication is at the heart of the democratisation of knowledge necessary for human society to achieve sustainability in a changing world.”

and

Carl Sagan
From: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/carlsagan130525.html

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. “

Although possibly not suited for our display, I do like:

Susan Greenfield
From: http://www.fortunecity.com/emachines/e11/86/duncan1.html

“I sometimes wonder what it would feel like to be pregnant. But I also wonder about bungee jumping.”

and

Michael Holt
From: http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/sciquote.htm

Nobody knows why, but the only theories which work are the mathematical ones.

So, if you have some great quotes about science, but more specifically science communication that would appeal to highschool students, do let me know. I’m also on the lookout for ways to create large as in life-sized outlines or silhouettes and talk bubbles.

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