Informal Science Communication

"Tens of millions of Americans, young and old, choose to learn about science in informal ways by visiting museums and aquariums, attending after-school programs, pursuing personal hobbies, and watching TV documentaries, for example. There is abundant evidence that these programs and settings, and even everyday experiences such as a walk in the park, contribute to people's knowledge and interest in science."  

Learning Science in Informal Environments: Places, People, and Pursuits

Our Iinformal Science Communication (ISC) program involves a collaboration with the Oregon Museum for Science and Industry (OMSI). This colloraboration spun out of a supplemental grant, the CSMC-OMSI Partnership for Public Engagement (COPPE). The goals of this collaboration aim to develop content and student expertise for engaging the public in chemistry and more broadly in STEM. 

About OMSI:
Founded in 1944 in Portland, Oregon, OMSI is an educational and social hub for people of all ages. OMSI makes science exciting and relevant with over 219,000 square feet of exhibits, educational programs, and experiences presented in an entertaining and participatory fashion. OMSI's services allow people to explore and invent, to problem solve and think creatively. This past year, more than 858,000 people visited the museum alone, including more than 78,000 children.

Interested in a student's perspective? Read more about COPPE in our student blog!

One of our projects with OMSI included creating a limmerick and art display of that limmerick, which is on display at OMSI, OSU and UO. See the making of this display below!

Story of Photon from CSMC on Vimeo.

Story of Photon Timelapse from CSMC on Vimeo.