The A-Z of Online Engagement: From 'Ask Me Anything' to Zine club.  

Microminute

Livestream on Twitter via Periscope. YouTube playlist

Duration: 15 min (three time a week)

Description: Live footage from microscopes streamed twitter on Monday’s Wednesday and Fridays with the videos later achieved on YouTube. Link

 

Cuppa Science

Livestream on Facebook and YouTube

Organiser: Pint of Science

Description: Themed episodes look at different topics with invited speakers asked to share slides and have an interview with the host. Link

 

Particle Physics Summer School

Lectures and Q&A also virtual tour using Google Maps on Zoom

Organiser: Ben Still and St Paul’s School

Description: A programme of lectures designed for GCSE and A Level students. This is an adapted event from a regular in person event. Link

 

WISE Code Breaking Challenge

Downloadable puzzle sheet

Organiser: Women in Science and Engineering

Description: A code breaking challenge for ages 7-14 a series of six puzzles to crack a code and be in with a chance to win a computer kit. Link

 

Great Ormond Street Hospital – Minecraft

Game (Minecraft)

Organiser: Great Ormond Street Hospital

Description: Great Ormond Street Hospital was recreated in Minecraft to allow patients or to explore the setting before their stay to reduce anxiety.

Example

 

Augmented reality dinosaurs

Augmented reality demonstration

Organiser: Google

Description: When googling dinosaur types such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus the google app will show the dinosaur in your surroundings through your camera.

Example

Via: @SaturnSheila

 

Live lectures from University of Bath

Facebook Live lecture

Organiser: University of Bath

Description: Live streams of lectures talking about a particular topic. Example

 

Diamond the Game

Printable board game

Organiser: Dimond synchrotron facility

Description: A board game for 2-5 players which explores the science of the Dimond synchrotron facility. Link

Universilly Challenged

Zoom/ Kahoot quiz

Organiser: Simon Watt and Jonny Berliner

Description: Hosts ask questions and viewers can answer in real time for the chance to win prizes. It is adapted from an online event and has been running monthly since lockdown. There has also been a school’s version. Link

 

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Livestream presentation

Organiser: University of Edinburgh and Stand Comedy Club

Description: Comedian hosts three academics who examine a controversial or provocative topic. Tickets are pay what you like. Link

 

VR Duck’s vagina

App

Organiser: Jules Howard

Description: A researcher gives a guided virtual reality tour of the inside anatomy of a duck’s vagina. Link

 

Lockdown Lessons

Lectures on Zoom Webinars plus YouTube recordings

Organiser: Imperial College London

Description: Talks showing how the scientists at ICL are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Link

 

Science Week Instagram Takeover

Social Media Takeover

Organiser: National Science Week Australia

Description: Each day a different scientist takes over the Instagram account to share videos and images of what they do, this builds up the National Science Week in August. Link

 

Curiosity Boxes

Postable at home kits

Organiser: Edinburgh BioQuarter

Description: Boxes filled with science activities for local primary school children to use during lockdown. Supported through fundraising. Link

 

Sci Comm Hour

Twitter Takeover

Organiser: BIG (British Interactive Group)

Description: A different person each week takes over the BIG twitter account to both pose and answer questions about Science Communication. Link

 

Compound Interest

Infographic

Organiser: Andy Brunning

Description: Graphics exploring every day chemistry on Twitter (75k followers) and Facebook (308k page Likes) and a book. Link

 

New Scientist Podcasts

Podcast

Organiser: New Scientist

Description: Weekly podcasts answering science questions and sharing interviews with scientists on their work. Link

 

Home learning for 14-16

Teaching resource

Organiser: The Royal Society of Chemistry

Description: A collection of puzzles, games, experiments, videos and examples for use in home learning about chemistry. Link

 

STEM Crew

Teaching resource

Organiser: 1852 Trust

Description: Sports-inspired STEM resources for teachers and home schooling. Link

 

Discovery Diaries

Teaching resource

Organiser: Curved House Kids

Description: website where you can download creative, cross-curricular science lessons along with differentiated teaching notes, lesson plan templates, PowerPoint presentations, videos. Link

 

Astronomy Resources

Teaching resource

Organiser: Royal Astronomical Society

Description: A crowd sourced list of astronomy resources to inform and entertain during lockdown. Link

 

Purls of Wisdom

Art resource

Organiser: Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences

Description: Visualising the Earth’s changing climate with yarn crafting. Downloadable guides. Link

Via: @FossilYarns

 

Where on Earth do you live

YouTube series

Organiser: Anjana Khatwa

Description: An earth sciences themed YouTube channel created during lockdown. Link

 

STEM Summer Academy Scotland

Teaching resource

Organiser: STEM Academy Scotland

Description: A university and industry partnership which provides workshops, hands on activities to showcase STEM beyond the classroom. Link

 

Ignite Resources

Teaching resources

Organiser: Ignite

Description: A bank of creative science activity resources to help those looking after children at home over the next few weeks to help keep them curious! Link

Via: @Rick_Hall

 

Words on Wonder

Interview blog

Organiser: Matt Prichard

Description: A series of interviews with scientists, authors, and explores. Link

 

At Home with Lisa

Teaching resources

Organiser: Lisa Taylor

Description: Resources and videos to support the teaching of science at home and in schools during the Coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Link

 

Global Science Show

Social Media stream

Organiser: Sam Langford

Description: Science Communicators from around the world share a clips of interesting science as they pass the baton around the world. Link

 

Practical Action Schools

Teaching resources

Organiser: Practical Action

Description: STEM resources on global issues for teachers and to support home learning. Link

 

Great Science Share

Q&A, YouTube

Organiser: Great Science Share

Description: A campaign to inspire primary and secondary children to share their scientific questions with new audience. Culminates in a day of online lessons and hundreds of pre-submitted questions answered reaching over 80,000 children. Link

Via @Glazgow

 

Incredibles Ocean TV

YouTube Live stream

Organiser: Incredibles Ocean

Description: Livestream with interviews, Q&A, art, discovery looking at ocean science. Link

Via: @SciRiggsy

 

Dundee Science Festival Home Learning Programme

Teaching resource

Organiser: Dundee Science Festival

Description: activities and lessons to do at home, each week has a different theme. Link

Via @amcam40

 

Remote Lessons

Teaching resource

Organiser: STEM Learning

Description: To support home teaching, we are offering remotely-delivered, curriculum-linked science lessons for young people aged 5-19 accompanied by live Q&A sessions with our subject experts. Link

Via: @DrJoScience

The Spark

Weekly Magazine

Organiser: Glasgow Science Centre

Description: PDF with puzzles, quizzes, interviews and activities. Link

The Great Exhibition at Home

Video/ virtual exhibition

Organiser: Big Ideas

Description: A virtual exhibition which asks how can engineering help protect the planet. Through seven weeks of content historic and current inventions will be showcased and 1 min contributions are welcomed from schools as part of a competition. Link

Online Science Club

Teaching resource

Organiser: Dr Jo Science

Description: a five week at home science club with activity plans and downloads. Link

 

Being Human Cafe

Discussion/Presentation

Organiser: Being Human Festival

Description: Online or in person chats about humanities research. Link

 

The Evidence Chamber

Immersive performance

Organiser: Fast Familiar

Description: Online courtroom drama. There’s been a murder. The police have a suspect but the evidence doesn’t paint a clear picture… what will you decide? Link

Via: @hapsci

 

How to Solve a Murder

Online lesson

Organiser: Edinburgh Science Festival/Digital World

Description: In this interactive lesson, you're going to step into the shoes of a digital forensics specialist and use your digital skills to solve a crime. Link

Via: @blythe_93

 

The Mirror Trap

Experience/performance

Organiser: Simon Watt

Description: Headphone play/experience/installation/horror story about psychology and and quantum physics. Link

Via: @OpheliaBottom

 

Online lessons

YouTube/ Teaching resource

Organiser: Royal Astronomical Society

Description: Lessons, activities, explanations and guest talks for pre-school and up. Link

Via: @SaturnSheila

 

Ask Historians

Reddit thread

Organiser:

Description: A Reddit channel where people can post questions and get answers from the 1.2 million readership. Link

Via: @ja_pascoe

 

Sensory Science

YouTube channel

Organiser: Lightyear Foundation

Description: Ten inclusive science experiments focused around sensory science designed to be accessible for people with additional support needs. Link

Via: @SarahBearchell

 

Wikipedia Editathon

Wikiedit

Organiser: 500 Women Scientists

Description: Users add or edit Wikipedia articles to make it more accurate or representative. Link

 

Stay at Home Festival

Live stream

Organiser: The Cosmic Shambles Network

Description: Daily live streams including shows, interviews and panel discussions. Viewers are invited to submit questions in advance. Link

 

Virtual Lobby

Campaign

Organiser: The Climate Coalition

Description: People are encouraged to sign up to lobby their MP on Zoom. This is adapted from an in person event. Link

Via: @McrMuseum

 

The Parenting Science Gang

Citizen Science

Organiser: Sophia Collins

Description: Parenting Science Gang is a user-led citizen science project funded by  Wellcome. Parenting Science Gang members will research, design and run our own experiments to answer questions we choose to investigate.  It is organised through four Facebook groups. Link

 

I’m a Scientist Get me out of here

Chatroom

Organiser: I’m a Scientist

Description: A small group of scientists are paired with a school. The scientists take place in live chats as well as answering questions submitted through a forum. The pupils vote for their favourite scientist with the person with the lowest votes being evicted. Link

 

Backyard Bioblitz

At home exploration

Organiser: National Geographic

Description: People are encouraged to look for the life around them outside. There is support with species identification. Link

Via: @ScienceArtReach

 

Food for thought

Community Engagement/ Zoom

Organiser: Glasgow Caledonian University

Description: Researchers give short talks to members of a Housing Association. This is adapted from an in person event. Link

 

Genetic Unzipped

Podcast

Organiser: The Genetics Society

Description: Genetics Unzipped will bring you a wide range of stories from the world of genetics, genomics and DNA.  You can expect to hear interviews with experts from around the world, all the latest science news, and a special centenary series celebrating 100 ideas in genetics. Link

Via: @deedavison66

 

Ask me anything about…

AMA

Organiser: St Andrews University

Description: Researchers answer submitted viewer questions. Link

 

Penguin Watch

Citizen Science

Organiser: Penguin Watch

Description: Viewers help to count penguin populations using images taken from remote cameras. Link

 

Let’s Go Live

YouTube Live stream

Organiser: Greg Foot and Maddie Ford

Description: Daily science shows for children with new themes each week. Link

 

#Museumfromhome

Live stream

Organiser: Various

Description: Museum professionals making homemade content. Resulted in a day of content hosted by the BBC. Link

 

Seek

App

Organiser: iNaturist

Description: An app that identifies plants and animals through photos in real time. Link

 

Animal Facts

TikTok

Organiser: Jaida Elcock

Description: Short funny videos each discussing a different animal. Link

 

Zine Club

Art, creative project

Organiser: Wellcome Trust

Description: An Instagram take over encourages people to make their own zines (a fan/amateur magazine) and to share their creations. Link

 

Glasgow Women’s Library Game

Game

Organiser: Glasgow women’s library

Description: Explore GWL through a retro style game. Link

 

The Deep Sea

Infographic

Organiser: Neal Agarwal

Description: A scrollable website lets people explore the animals which live in the deep ocean. Link

Meet the Maker

Social Media takeover

Organiser: National Portrait Gallery

Description: Each week a creative practitioner is featured on the National Portrait Gallery’s Instagram. Link

 

National Gallery Quiz

Social Media takeover

Organiser: National Gallery

Description: Weekly multiple choice quizzes featuring works from the collection. Link

 

Nature Drawing Club

Social Media takeover

Organiser: The Natural History Museum

Description: Social media followers are encouraged to draw pictures and submit them for sharing. Link

 

TED Ed

YouTube channel

Organiser: TED

Description: Explainer videos covering literature, science, politics and history. Link

 

The Conversation

Blogging platform

Organiser: The Conversation

Description: The Conversation is a network of not-for-profit media outlets that publish news stories written by academics and researchers. Articles are often picked up and republished by newspapers and magazines. Link