Bringing Astronomy Down to Earth: The Art of Communicating Science Through Electronic Media
A scientifically well-informed public is not only crucial for the continued support of sciences but is a necessity in a democratic society dependent on science and technology. The course will introduce students to state of the art examples of science communication methods for the public. The students will learn how to use electronic tools, such as podcasts/vodcasts, animated gifs, digital films, to communicate the science behind some recent astronomical discoveries. Students will work in small teams on projects that integrate science writing with electronic tools to communicate key astronomical concepts. This is a Five College Astronomy Dept. course. Instructor permission is required.