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Project: Science to Go

Science to Go signWhat is Science to Go?
Science to Go brings fun, simple science activities to people in the casual atmosphere of pubs and cafes.

I created Sciene to Go with a colleague, Zulma Garcia, with the goal of lowering the barrier between people and science. šThe idea behind Science to Go is to get people who aren’t normally interested in science to interact with science-themed activities in a fun and unintimidating way. 

We purposefully avoided teaming up with “science pubs” and “science cafes” events, which tend to draw a self-selecting crowd of people already motivated to learn more about science.

Our other goal is to reach adults, who often hang back instead of getting hands-on with interactive activities—perhaps because they feel that activities are meant for children. But at pubs and cafes where adults go to relax and meet friends, we had their full attention.

How it Works
Science to Go boxes each contain one fun, simple science activity that can be completed alone or in a group on a cafe table. They range in topic from the scale of the universe to the physics of sound, and take between 1 and 15 minutes to complete. We pile the boxes on a prominently visible table with a sign inviting cafe- and pub-goers to borrow one for free. Each box includes everything needed to complete the activity, from instructions and pencils to an optional activity evaluation sheet. Zulma and I are available to answer any questions people have, though usually patrons are happy to figure out the activities for themselves.

Results + Feedback

We have been surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response to Science to Go. Cafe and pub patrons tell us they love the activities (although they suggested making one activity easier to complete) and love doing them with friends.

Read more and see more photos here.