The Lab’s goals revolve around our belief that science is for everyone. We strive to improve science accessibility through two objectives: by training young science communicators and by forming partnerships with public groups and institutions.
Undergraduate interns in disciplines ranging from engineering and biology to journalism and graphic design work together to tell multi-media science stories. Students learn how to present technical information using the principles of narrative storytelling and public engagement. Together, writing and design interns form collaborative partnerships to bridge the gap between scientific research and public awareness. Interns share what they learn with other University students through the coaching lab.
The Lab establishes connections both on campus and in the community to further expand science accessibility. We help University of Minnesota scientists share their research with the public through research profiles and creative projects, including children’s books and interactive exhibits. We also support community science engagement projects, such as Symbiosis in the Schools.
The Science Communication Lab is an incubator for novel science engagement strategies. Our projects are wide-ranging, from seminars to infographics, but they all strive to make STEM discoveries more accessible and engaging for everyone.
I found the Science Communication Lab especially interesting because of the combination of science and storytelling. Whether from a journalistic standpoint or a visual design, we’re working to bridge that gap of uncertainty with the public. Science and art can coexist and work together in the form of effective communication.