Everything Is Science: A Free City-Wide Science Festival

Jarrod W. Creameans, Michelle G. Pitts, Olivia White, Kellen M. Greenwell, Kristie Colón, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Vincent J. Venditto

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Abstract

A week-long, city-wide science festival called Everything is Science (EiS) was developed to educate the community in an informal manner. The festival serves as a platform for presenters from diverse professions to give engaging talks (without PowerPoint slides) to the public, free of charge, in restaurants and bars around town. Over 350 people attended the events over 5 days with 33 presenters. Surveys completed by attendees and session coordinators indicate strong support for this festival. Altogether, the EiS festival serves as a no-cost method to engage with the community and improve science literacy with potential for adoption in other cities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number00068
JournalFrontiers in Communication
Volume5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
VV was supported by the University of Kentucky Center for Biomedical Excellence (COBRE) in Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation (CPRI, NIH P20 GM130456), and the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (R01 HL152081).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Creameans, Pitts, White, Greenwell, Colón, Garneau-Tsodikova and Venditto.

Keywords

  • STEM education
  • public engagement
  • public health
  • science communication
  • science literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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