We firmly believe that communication with society is the fundamental pillar of scientific communication and to build a bridge between science and society. Despite the efforts and sacrifices have made by scientists and researchers in the name of science, we realize that there are still many misunderstandings and knowledge gaps in the public. We consider it our responsibility to engage with society and show them firsthand information, either through the introduction of synthetic biology or our project.
As iGEM undergraduates, we understand that synthetic biology can ignite souls of young people. To inspire the younger generation, we have held a variety of activities, from children to adults, and used the characteristics of the normal university to actively carry out online and offline popular science activities.
Part 1. Talking with educational expert
To better carry out popular science activities of all ages, the NNU-China 2021 team gave full play to the outstanding educational resources of the school to communicate with educators and ask about the questions that we should pay attention to when facing different ages. The team invited Professor Wei Shanchun from the School of Education Science of Nanjing Normal University.
Fig. 1. Professor Shanchun
Prof. Shanchun Wei is a professor of the School of Education Science of Nanjing Normal University, doctoral supervisor, director of the Department of Primary Education. She is also a director of the National Teaching Theory Professional Committee. She mainly studies the basic theory of education, curriculum and teaching theory, and teacher education, and is primarily engaged in the study of the course and instruction, teaching evaluation, teacher and student relationship from the perspective of process philosophy.
Fig. 2. Communicating with educational expert
Professor Wei pointed out that the project design should be carried out according to the object's different knowledge reserve and acceptance ability. For example, in front of people who have not learned biological content, we can vividly display our content in the form of pictures. In front of students in junior and high school, we can combine the textbook related knowledge. In front of college students, we can explain in the form of science lectures.
The suggestions of educators are constructive for the team to carry out popular science activities in the next step. On this basis, our team designs the corresponding popular science forms for publicity.