We want to bridge the gap between science and the society by showcasing the awesome STEM research and researchers on the UTK campus. Our PB@UTK activities will be centered around Science Communication and Public Engagement.
Scientists Interacting with the Society
PB@UTK joined hands with the UTK-BCMB Graduate Student Organization and The FutureBrighter initiative, Virginia, USA in Fall 2021. Our goal with this Skype-with-a-scientist project is to inspire the next generation of scientists and/or learners about the STEM field. We virtually meet with school students (K-12) to tell them about our lives as scientists and demonstrate simple and interactive science experiments rooted in biology, biochemistry and genetics (e.g., Measuring pH, isolating DNA from berries, Understanding polymers around us using Slime, Understanding concepts of density etc).
A group of enthusiastic volunteer scientists for the Skype-with-a-scientist in collaboration with The Future Brighter Initiative (Fall 2021)
I met a Scientist - Farmer's Market Demonstration booth
PB@UTK showcased their cool scientists and even cooler science at the Knoxville Farmer's Market in the Downtown Market Square, Knoxville. We designed this engagement experience as a Community partners for Monthly Kid's club with a kind support from Nourish Knoxville. In Winter 2022, we hosted our first, in-person Science in the square event. Under the theme of 'I met a scientist', we introduced kids and parents to simple hands-on science experiment. Each participant got to meet and talk to a scientist on site, ask questions about their science project, show their artistic styles through coloring and drawings, and also extract DNA from frozen strawberries.