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Stemiverse 0001 – Jenny Lynch and science communication 

 May 16, 2017

By  Peter

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In this episode of Stemiverse, Dr. Peter Dalmaris and Marcus Schappi talk with Jenny Lynch.

Jenny wears many colorful hats, and depending on the day she is a science communicator, a trainer, an educator and a designer of science kits for toy companies. She is the founder of Creative Science, a Sydney-based science communication business.

In this conversation, Jenny shares with us her experiences and lots of actionable advice for science teachers.

This is Stemiverse podcast episode 1.

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Show Notes

  • [00:00] Introduction – Introducing Jenny Lynch
  • [00:56] Jenny Lynch talks about her background in Science Communication, Professional Development Workshops for Early Childhood Educators, designing Science Kits for Toy Companies and more
  • [04:08] Jenny Lynch talks about the process of becoming a Science Communicator
  • [05:59] Communications Degree components
  • [06:52] Necessary qualities for teachers of science and engineering courses: focusing on the student
  • [09:09] Teaching programs in Australia that help teachers improve their science communication and day-to-day teaching skills
  • [10:19] Tips, Tools and Tricks for teachers to use on a daily basis
  • [12:33] How to interest young children in science – Pirate Science Kit example
  • [14:33] How Art relates to how people learn, to STEM, and how it helps strengthen our ability to teach and learn
  • [19:22] Jenny Lynch’s Product Development process of Science Kits and Toys
  • [23:47] Prototyping Ideas
  • [24:45] Script Writing Process for Marketing Products
  • [26:30] Discussing the current state of the Science Kit market and sales of such products in households and classrooms
  • [29:56] Rapid Fire Questions
  • [30:42] Who is the Most Influential Person in shaping the way that you teach: Many people have influenced Jenny’s teaching
  • [31:54] What App can you not live without? Google Apps
  • [32:09] Advice to Educators just starting out: Find a Mentor
  • [33:39] Favorite Teaching Book: The Art of Electronics (“electronics being an art”)
  • [34:39] The keys to Teaching and Presenting in front of a large audience of students: Preparation, Practice, Knowledge, and Improvisation
  • [35:24] Worse Age Group to Teach: Year 9 being harder to respond – Alan Alda’s Improvisation Exercises
  • [37:51] Professional Development Conferences and Workshops and the importance of the scientific method and scientific thinking
  • [39:15] Recommended Teachers’ Conference: University Colloquia and Public Lectures, keeping up with the latest research
  • [41:44] Parting Thoughts, Dos and Don’ts: The importance of balancing between STEM integration and separation of disciplines
  • [43:06] Jenny Lynch’s company Creative Science, links and contact information

Tags

Podcast, STEM, Stemiverse


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