The public’s understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields has dwindled to troubling levels. A number of initiatives at the local and national level have emerged with the aim of increasing understanding and interest in these areas.
Christina Love, an Assistant Teaching Professor in Drexel’s Physics department, founded Start Talking Science to promote local STEM researchers and their work. STS holds their second event in their series later this month at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Sponsors include Penn Medicine, Drexel University, and Temple University. Free and open to the public, more than two dozen posters will be on display. Philadelphia-area scientists will be on hand to talk to attendees. All of the participating scientists have received coaching on how to communicate their work to a broad audience.
“The best way to get the general public and students excited about STEM fields is to make
the research understandable and accessible in order to see the importance,” states Dr.
Love. She also notes that “Bringing together local STEM researchers from diverse fields of study” to speak publicly “may help shine a light on their own challenging problems, perhaps stimulating fresh and novel ideas.”
Start Talking Science
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy