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Nebraska Science Ambassadors Program

8:00 am–5:00 pm
Lindsay Augustyn,
The Nebraska Science Ambassadors Program (NESA) is an experiential learning program that will introduce students to basic principles of science communication, including online science communication and informal science education. Registration closes Nov. 7!

The program runs from Nov. 11 – Dec. 4 and will meet via Zoom each Friday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. There is an in-person practicum experience on Dec. 4 at Morrill Hall in Lincoln, NE, with Eight-Legged Encounters, and then some survey participation after the Dec. 4 event. This program is perfect for juniors, seniors, or graduate students seeking to broaden their skillset before graduation.

Participants in the program will receive a Professional Certificate.

Program Overview:
(Module meetings are on Zoom from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
• 11/11: Module #1 - Overview of Science Communication
• 11/18: Module #2 - Online Science Communication
• 12/2: Module #3 - Informal Science Learning
• 12/4: Eight-Legged Encounter Community Event at Morrill Hall on UNL’s Campus

Following the program, students will be able to…
1. Define science communication.
2. Discuss challenges related to science communication.
3. Identify and analyze target audiences for science communication.
4. Develop messaging to communicate science to target audiences.
5. Understand best practices in assessing and evaluating science communication strategies.
6. Discuss challenges related to online science communication.
7. Write about science appropriately for online channels.
8. Apply principles of visual design to online science communication.
9. Develop a social media strategy to communicate science.
10. Explain similarities and differences between informal and formal science education.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of distinct science communication goals.
12. Recognize, value, and build upon the diversity encompassed in target audiences.
13. Engage the public effectively as a facilitator of the informal science learning event, Eight-Legged Encounters.
14. Reflect upon, synthesize, and learn from informal science education experiences.

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