Opportunities and Resources for STEM Engagement

Online Course: Confidence and Curiosity

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Students track water with NASA satellite data. Credit: LoriAnn Pawlik.

The Confidence and Curiosity: Engaging Girls in Informal Science course runs from July 25 to August 12, 2022. Sign up today for a three-week, online course from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) that will explore public engagement techniques and strategies you can use at your next science event to inspire public engagement, including how to encourage growth mindset, utilize diverse storytelling and representation, address misconceptions, ask and answer questions, and investigate bias and micromessaging. To learn more, visit https://astrosociety.org/education-outreach/learn-asp/confidence-curiosity-engaging-girls-in-informal-science.html.

Professional Development Opportunity — Inclusive STEM Teaching Project

Inclusive STEM Teaching Project Logo The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project, a NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program, is hosting a free, six-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from October 3 to November 22, 2022, via the edX platform. Register for the online course this fall to join a community of nearly 6000 faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff. Topics will focus on cultivating inclusive STEM learning environments for all students and developing skills as reflective, inclusive practitioners. To learn more, visit https://www.edx.org/course/the-inclusive-stem-teaching-project.


Advocate for Science — Join AAAS’s Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN)

In 2021, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) launched the Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN), a program dedicated to elevating the role of science in evidence-based public policy by building, energizing, and channeling the commitment of AAAS members and the science community. The LSEN connects science advocates to local conversations about energy, sustainability, climate change, and other pressing issues. To learn more, visit https://lsen.quorum.us/.

Toolkit for Scientists — Communicating with the Public

Successful public engagement with science depends on clear, concise communication. The AAAS has created a Communication Toolkit that provides guidance for scientists to build skills and develop strategies to communicate and engage with public audiences more effectively. Sections of the Toolkit focus on various modes of communication, including online and face-to-face communication, and a section about engaging with journalists. To learn more, visit https://www.aaas.org/resources/communication-toolkit.

Communicating with the Media

As a scientist, you have the topical expertise and insights that can help journalists understand the latest evidence and put it into context. SciLine, a free service for journalists and scientists, is based at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). SciLine’s mission is to advance the amount and quality of scientific evidence in news stories. Join SciLine to interact with and support journalists covering science-related topics and improve your media-communication skills. To learn more, visit https://www.sciline.org/scientists/.

Sharing Science through Artwork — AGU’s Virtual Gallery

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AGU’s Science and Society Art and Science Track welcomes submissions of creative pieces for inclusion in a virtual art exhibit to be shown during AGU’s 2022 Fall Meeting. Pieces need to embody art and science and can be submitted by an artist, a project team or collaboration. Pieces can be existing or newly created and must be able to be shown in a digital space. Please note you must indicate your intent to submit by August 5. We encourage submissions that speak to AGU’S 2022 Fall Meeting theme:  Science Leads the Future. To learn more, visit the 2022 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Art and Science Virtual Exhibit.



Spotlight on Education highlights events and programs that provide opportunities for planetary scientists to become involved in education and public engagement. If you know of space science educational programs or events that should be included, please contact the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Education Department at [email protected].