Bernal Institute Research Forum

Date: 5th July 2018 to 5th July 2018
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
Duration: One Hour
Location: MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension

Dr Sarah Brady, Bernal Institute, University of Limerick.

Physics Busking: Promoting Awareness and Engagement of the Irish Public with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Physics Busking aims to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on a national scale, through the medium of busking performances.

Physics Busking collaborates with leading national festival and event organisers to provide opportunities for the general public to have direct interaction with Physics Buskers (STEM researchers, teachers and communicators) to personally experience STEM concepts through demonstrations and hands-on activities. Such interactions facilitate the building of excitement, curiosity and interest in science between buskers and the public. From these initial encounters, Physics Buskers have the opportunity to engage the public in dialogue about their research activities and interests, allowing the public to realise the diversity of career paths that STEM can offer.

In line with SFI’s vision to engage researchers in education and outreach activities with the general public, this project provides pedagogical and communication training to both STEM teachers and researchers and support them in developing their science communication and engagement skills. The impact of this project will be an increase in the general public’s engagement with STEM and awareness of STEM research and careers in STEM through direct engagement with our team of buskers – enthusiastic and effective STEM communicators, teachers and researchers. In this talk, Sarah will introduce Physics Busking, its concept and impact, though the majority of this seminar is to showcase the various demonstrations that are used during the busking events.

Sarah Brady is Reporting and Compliance Officer at the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick. She received her PhD in Chemistry (wearable sensors) at Dublin City University under the direction of Professor Dermot Diamond. Sarah joined CASTeL – the Centre for the Advancement of Science & Mathematics Teaching and Learning at DCU, shortly after, as a Research Officer offering funding as well as project management support to that research community. One of the longer running projects which CASTeL lead with the Institute of Physics is Physics Busking. Initially it was project support and reporting, which Sarah contributed, but over time, she became involved in the delivery of the events, and communications, and has coordinated a number of the Limerick events, most recently at the Milk Market as a pop-up science stall during the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival.

Tea/coffee will be available at 13h45.

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