Have you ever wondered about things like dark matter and if it really matters? Or how exactly your body clock can keep such great time, but your phone not so much? Or how exactly an X-ray machine at the airport works so you have something to talk about during your next pat down?
Usually if you wanted to learn about any of these topics, you would have to go to a class and sit through a long lecture. Invariably it would include a lot of information you just don’t care about or the speaker wouldn’t touch on what you really wanted to know.
Christina Love, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, may have come up with a solution. On August 21 she will present the first “Start Talking Science” event. Here eleven scientists from various fields of study will share what they know with anyone who asks. The scientists will stand next to a poster describing their work and wait for you to approach them and start asking questions.
Attendees can then steer the conversation any way they choose, or just stand to the side and listen to the what is being said. The result is a more relaxed and personal experience where someone can learn from an expert in his or her field without all the pressure or intimidation of a classroom setting.
The first of what is hoped to be many more “Start Talking Science” events will be on August 21 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Admission is free and the museum will be open late so people can walk around and explore what it has to offer.
When it comes to the sciences, it’s easy to become disheartened at the thought of sitting through a talk about a subject you’re interested in that might go right over your head. With the “Start Talking Science” event, scientists look to change that and let you direct where the conversation goes.
Sounds like fun. Especially if they can tell me why dark matter is so dark and moody.
Start Talking Science