Author: Ronen Mir – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

This performance is the life story and discoveries of Albert Einstein through spectacular science demonstrations that have been developed to meet the need for connecting daily life phenomena with its scientific substance.

Using daily objects, one learns about Astrophysics, Atmospheric Physics, Newton’s Laws, Gravity, Chemistry, Waves and Sound, Fire and Ballistics. The performances use lots of humour, surprising effects, and awe-inspiring actions. The audience is an active participant contributing to the science demonstration. The participants take home ideas for safe experiments they can use to demonstrate science.

This performance has been successfully performed in the US, South Africa, Ethiopia, Brazil and Israel, for science professionals and teachers, policy makers, grandparents and grandchildren programs, and school assemblies of all ages.

Science Demonstrations – Science demonstrations are older than science museums. They were brought to the forefront of entertainment from the XVI century onwards. Today they are used to convey messages about science and modern research in science museums and informal learning environments.

Connecting science to daily life – Science is sometimes taught in schools and delivered to the public detached from their lives. Yet there is so much science in everything we develop and do; our entire existence is based on science. These science demonstrations visually demonstrate and explains the deep roots and explanations of everyday phenomena in science.

Making science accessible and fun – Everyone can do experiments. Studying about our world is interesting and can be a lot of fun. These science demonstrations are full of humour, delivering surprising effects using food, water, fire, wind and air.

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Presentation type: Perfomance
Theme: Stories
Area of interest: Teaching science communication

Author: Ronen Mir – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Mikko Myllykoski – Heureka, Finland
Elaine Reynoso – Universum, Mexico
Graham Walker – Australian National University

The implementation of Outdoor Science Parks and Outdoor Experiences by Science Centers has recently evolved to enable strategic society partnerships. These allow Science Centers to extend their outreach to new and often underserved audiences.

Experts from Science Centers across the Globe will describe their Outdoor Science Experiences projects and the effect they have on developing Society partnerships.

The Clore Garden of Science, Noble Energy Science Park in Israel will be described, and Science Parks in Toronto as well.

Galilei park in Finland will be described in general (northern conditions), and then about a very specific citizen science project performed last summer. It relates to the Innocence Project and to the psychology of the eyewitness.

Science Circus Africa – Science Shows, DIY travelling exhibits and outdoor displays implemented with several African nations will be described.

The expansion project of Universum in Mexico will be described, including outdoor exhibits and activities for passers-by and dissadvantaged audiance. The Ecological path highlighting unique ecosystem embeded in Lava rock will be shown.

This session is targeted at those who wish to consider the advantages and different viewpoints of Outdoor Science Parks for their Centers. Initial assessment results will also be shown.

Question raised include:

  • Synthesis and analysis of what outdoor settings can deliver.


  • The relative value and cost of indoor versus outdoor exhibits and activities.


  • Using Outdoor Science Parks to set up strategic sector partnerships


  • Innovative educational programs in outdoor science park settings.


  • How do outdoor science parks allow science centers to extend their reach to underserved audiences?

The motivation for developing Outdoor Science Parks is presented. The significance of being outdoors and the choice of themes and exhibit ideas suited for the outdoors are discussed. Since Outdoor Science Parksand Experiences do not require buildings, their implementation may be speedy and economical and appeal to underrepresented audiences.

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Presentation type: Roundtable discussion
Theme: Society
Area of interest: Comparing science communication across cultures

Author: Ronen Mir – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Alemayehu Abera – Steam Village Initiative Ethiopia
Erez Garty – Davidson Institute for Science Education, Israel
Debby Mir – Rambam Medical Center

The story of implementing high level Science Learning Centers for High School students is unfolded. These regional University-School Informal-Formal strategic partnerships bring all Science students, twice weekly, to the Centers, to study all Physics and Chemistry as an integral part of their scheduled classes. In each Center a large team of dedicated teachers, all with advanced scientific research experience, expand and deepen the Science curriculum, providing the students a deep understanding of Science. Students perform numerous experiments using advanced laboratory equipment. From their measurement the students infer the scientific theory, solve problems and exams.

The story of developing three Schwartz/Reisman Science Education Centers in Israel, serving 3,000 students, a collaboration of major municipalities, high schools and the Weizmann Institute of Science is described. The difficulties of the concept will be addressed.

The mentoring process between Israel and Ethiopia that has recently resulted in development of three Shared Science Campuses in Ethiopia’s cities is addressed.

Initial Assessment results show that students develop into Science Experts and Science advocates who are eager to communicate Science with their Community. Assessment results examining the goals and the outcomes of these projects will be presented.

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Presentation type: Grouped paper
Theme: Society
Area of interest: Teaching science communication