I’m currently remodeling my house, which is why I haven’t blogged recently! All of this remodeling has led me to think about tools…specifically about having the right tools for the each job. If I want to do something, like paint a wall, I use a paintbrush. I don’t actually have to invent the paintbrush, or build it, but I can buy one and use it for my project.
Similarly, when we speak to the public (or even to other scientists), there are many successful tools that we can use to actively engage our audience. A few months back I had a great chat with Anna Lakovitch from The Smithsonian Associates, an organization within the Smithsonian Institute dedicated to public outreach and education. Anna and I discussed creating a toolbox of ready-made audience engagement tools that speakers could use to liven up public presentations, even make them (gasp) fun!