Although there are thousands of STEM programs and activities for high school students, there are few, if any, that focus on science communication and the interdisciplinary aspects of STEM.
In the science communication world, high school-aged creators and practitioners are unheard of. Many professionals currently in interdisciplinary STEM jobs only learned about the field in graduate school or while already in the workforce.
As a uniquely youth-led organization bringing the skills and perspectives of science communication to a new demographic, Science & Us strives to engage with the broader community. We aim to learn from others and share our experiences with the goal of ultimately shifting the public perception of science.
Katherine Huang of Science & Us is standing in the third row from the bottom, sixth person from the left, with dark hair.
“ComSciCon is a series of workshops focused on the communication of complex and technical concepts organized by graduate students, for graduate students. ComSciCon attendees meet and interact with professional communicators, build lasting networks with graduate students in all fields of science and engineering from around the country, and write and publish original works.”
Of about 800 applicants, 50 graduate students from the United States and Canada were accepted to participate in ComSciCon, with travel and lodging completely covered. Science & Us founder Katherine Huang was one of a limited number of Invited Guests.
At ComSciCon, Katherine excitedly engaged with fellow attendees and formed ideas on how to improve Science & Us. Two of Katherine’s favorite things she learned about are The Story Collider and Massive Science, whose founders (Liz Neeley and Nadja Oertelt, respectively) both spoke at or participated in a panel at ComSciCon.
SMASH18 is a biennial, 3-day event by Jackson Hole WILD and WGBH. “September 25-27, 2018, more than 300 science media stakeholders will gather to celebrate exceptional media, cutting-edge discoveries and explore new ways of communicating the wonders of science to a global audience in a rapidly-changing media landscape.” On the final day of SMASH, the recipients of the Science Media Awards are announced.
Science & Us leaders Sasha Hussain and Katherine Huang will be attending SMASH18 as High School Scholars and potentially participating in programming focused on youth involvement in science media.
The Lowell Sun, a regional newspaper covering Lowell, Massachusetts, and surrounding towns, recently wrote a story about Science & Us and its founder!