While editing is one form of science communication, I have also dipped a toe into more direct methods.
In the fall of 2020, I was involved in a science-based children’s book project that explains how Santa uses science to get around the world and deliver all those gifts in time for Christmas! Check out the book Santa the Scientist here. In addition to editing the main text and associated release material, I contributed my vocal talents in reading the story for the associated video, and had fun throwing snowballs and sitting by the Christmas tree to film some of the fun facts for the video.
In November 2020, I attended ComSciCon-CanWest, a competitive-admission workshop for graduate students in western Canada, and learned a ton about science communication! The workshops I attended covered creative storytelling, inclusivity and diversity, online science communication platforms like YouTube and Twitter, and different career opportunities across Canada. As part of the workshop, I created the Twelve Tips for Terrific Texts cheat sheet (available on my Editing page). Combined with the fantastic networking, this was an extremely valuable experience that I look forward to incorporating into my career plans.
I have also been behind-the-scenes with science communication, helping @TheSmilentist create 90-second nanoscience videos since the inception of the Global Science Show in March 2020.
In August 2020, I was guest featured on a friend’s week-long takeover of the Royal Canadian Institute for Science’s Instagram account.