Last year, Caltech students organized a March for Science.
This year, they are asking scientists and future scientists to find their way to Caltech for Science for March, an open house of exhibits and TED-style talks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Beckman Mall, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena
Organized by the Caltech Postdoctoral Association, Graduate Student Council; Center for Teaching, Learning and Outreach; and Theater Arts at Caltech, the event is free and includes activities suitable for K-12.
“The event will demonstrate that Caltech scientists, contrary to what the popular show ‘The Big Bang Theory’ may have you believe, are quite capable of communicating with the outside world,” Utkarsh Mital, postdoctoral scholar in mechanical and civil engineering, commented via email, “Some of them even enjoy it.”
“Our goal,” explained, Jason Marshall, also a postdoc scholar in mechanical and civil engineering, “is to give the local community an opportunity to come to Caltech and see some of the science being done here and at other local institutions, learn more about what scientists do, and hear about some of the latest developments with cool projects like Mars 2020.”
The event will include local groups from JPL, Pasadena City College and Caltech, as well as LA Makerspace, Carnegie Observatories and the LA Zoo. Mars 2020 Project Scientist Ken Farley will be speaking at 11 a.m. Project Scientist Founder Sandy Marshall will speak at 1 p.m.
“We are collaborating with the Theater Arts at Caltech (TACIT) to help make the outreach talks more engaging. The ability to tell a good story is an important component of science outreach and we hope this collaboration with TACIT can help scientists in communicating complex ideas to a non-expert audience,” Mital said.
“Communicating our science to the general public is more important than ever in this era where facts are too often conflated with fiction. We hope that inviting others to come learn a little bit about what we do here at Caltech will inspire future scientists and let people understand what it’s like to think like a scientist,” noted geochemistry grad student Dan Johnson.
To register and for more information, visit eventbrite.com.