Make something about science…the Group Projects from the class of ’11

This term on the Science Communications masters at Imperial, we are split into groups of 3 and asked to produce a science communication product which draws on the theoretical work we have done so far. I was blown away on Tuesday when each of the groups gave a presentation on their final piece. Here’s a few videos for your viewing pleasure… (I will add more vids/text/audio if people send them through to me)

First up is the project Rosie Waldron, Jan Piotrowski and I made. We channeled the sprit of Neil Buchanan for the day, and produced a science themed Art Attack on Queen’s Lawn at Imperial. Using objects from a diverse range of Imperial’s departments we constructed a giant double helix in order to show the collaborative nature of science.

Next up is ‘The Science Network’ by Ben Good, Polly Bennett and Katya-yani Vyas. This is a parody of the trailer for ‘The Social Network’ which asks the question “What if The Social Network was about science research?”

Finally is the phenomenal stop motion animation by David Robertson, Morag Hickman and Nils Hanwahr. This amazing animation tells the story of a day in the life of the scientists, bringing together many different theoretical aspects about the constructed nature of science and the process of scientific investigation.

I think something which is so wonderful about the course is just how nice everyone is, and how amazing people are about getting involved and giving things a go. I think that the bloopers reel from Ben, Polly and Katya’s project give a little insight into this…

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Woo I’ve been sent some more wonderful group projects to add to this post…

Next up, Pippa Goldenberg, Chloe McIvor and Eleanor Saunders constructed a wonderful Rube (SciComm) Goldberg which takes us on a journey through the philosophy and sociology of science!

The next group is Rebecca Pullen and Tom Lewton. They carried a little experiment… To explore the idea of democratic science, the science funding purse strings were handed over to the public. Six volunteers dressed up as tramps representing different areas of strategic government science funding, while a top-hatted politician accosted members of the public and gave them ‘£1000’ to distribute as they wished. Participants were then questioned on their voting motives, and the final distribution compared to how the government currently splits it. Here are some pictures from the experiment…


Finally (for the moment!) is Rachel Jones, Thea Cunningham and Charlie Harvey. Inspired by the Bodmer Report, which said that the public understanding of science would allow people to make better decisions about their lives, they embarked on an experiment. On two separate days, they placed two different posters in the lobby of Barnet Council offices; one had scientific information on and the other was slightly more fun! The group then recorded which was more successful at making people choose the stairs over the lift… Although the presence of the science poster did have an impact, the fun one had a greater one! Take away from that what you will….

The science poster
The fun poster










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 Here’s another gem of a project! Anna Perman, James Goldsack and James Pope did a wonderful photo-journalism project where they followed an arts and a science student around for entire day. Inspired by C.P Snow’s ‘Two Cultures’, their project asks are Snow’s ideas still relevant?  Are there really ‘two cultures’?  

See their full presentation here! It’s brilliant!

An overview from 'The Two Cultures Clash' Source: James Pope's blog

And yet another incredible group project for your viewing pleasure comes from Camilla Ruz, Moniqe Tsang and Eleanor Reynolds! As children take information about science from all sorts of sources, particularly from TV, internet, books etc they looked to them to give them insight into how science is represented in the media. They ventured to a primary school to hear what the kids had to say about science and scientists, and used their ideas to create a picture book that shows the daily routine of a scientist according to kids.

For a link to to their beautiful book click here! But here is a picture drawn by one of the kids which I particularly like, and the front cover of their book to entice you to read it…



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