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Science Unplugged

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 web broadcasts, 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.

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Science Unplugged in the Schools

In Person

Science Unplugged is both a course and an on-going program. PhD candidates prepare their talks at the beginning of each semester and are booked into local high schools when their presentation is polished. Many students continue to present after the course just because they have enjoyed the experience so much.

Virtual Field Trips

You can also take a virtual “field trip” to Science Unplugged. If you’re a high school teacher outside of the travel radius for Science Unplugged and still want to participate in our interactive program, you can access one of our scientists via video web conference. The goal of the presentations is to introduce science in a conversational way, to engage your students, hear their ideas and give feedback to their questions.

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Request a Speaker

If you are interested in booking a scientist, please contact us.

Science Unplugged Web Broadcast

Interact with real scientists during a live web broadcast hosted by Stony Brook University students and produced by Alda Center Improvisation Program Director, Valeri Lantz-Gefroh. 

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