Once you have become familiar with the EXPLORE and LEARN sections of the site, you may be brave enough to practice your communication skills. The Alda Center offers several opportunities for scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, and medical professionals to begin participating in science outreach.
If you've mastered the art of communication in your field, please reach out to be considered as a featured communicator as part of one of the following programs.
Science Unplugged is a platform that the Alda Center created for young scientists to gain experience delivering vivid and engaging presentations. Students host and participate in a web show, develop animated lectures about their work, and present to local high school classrooms about their struggles to make the next discovery, uncover a hidden surprise, untangle a myth and tackle the problems that affect us all. Join these young professionals on their journey to unravel the mysteries of the universe.
The Flame Challenge is an international competition in which scientists answer a technical question in a way that an 11-year-old can understand. Entries are judged by thousands of 5th and 6th grade schoolchildren around the world. Each year we pick a new question students around the world want to see answered and hundreds of scientists send in entries in written or video form.
A scientist walks into a bar, sits down with a former producer of 60 Minutes, orders a beer and talks to a live audience. No punch line here! This is Science on Tap, a live, award-winning live show and web series produced by the Alda Center.
Have you worked hard to develop your communication skills as a scientist or medical professional? If you've been trained by the Alda Center and have mastered the art of communication in your field, please reach out to be considered as an Alda All-Star on our website home page and EXPLORE section.
Master science communicators are invited to be interviewed by Alan Alda as our special on the new CLEAR + VIVID live web show, broadcasting from the Stony Brook University School of Journalism television studios. Aspiring communicators may participate as part of the live web audience and ask questions via social media.