September #SciCommChall: Let’s make a book for kids!

This month we are doing something really cool for #SciCommChall:

We are making a book for kids!

It’s really easy: We only need one sheet of A4 paper (or A5 to make it even cuter) and we’ll end up with a little book that has a title, 6 pages inside, and a back side.

Book-crafting instructions: Click to enlarge

Now think of a cute little story, collection, or whatever else you like related to your research and voila! You are now the proud author of a #scicommbookforkids! 🙂

P.S.: Bonus: If you draw it all in black and white, you can even scan it, print it, and use it as a coloring book for kids in future scicomm events. Just saying… 😉

Mirjam’s #scicommbookforkids for #scicommchall

A #scicommbookforkids for September’s #scicommchall on learning to observe the wind direction.

This is what the book looks like post coloring, but pre folding:

And this is what the finished book looks like:

Download available below (German & English) if you like it!

Do you think it can help kids with learning where the wind comes from (and why anyone should want to know)? I am curious what you (and your kids) think! 🙂

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Nena’s three amazing #scicommbookforkids for September’s #scicommchall!

Let’s start off September’s #scicommchall — making a #scicommbookforkids — with a bang! Nena is, as always, overdelivering in the most amazing way. She shows us not one, but three cute and educational books!

The first book presents the beautiful world of tits and how you can distinguish them based on morphological characteristics.

The second book is a little “where is Waldo?”-like game, except you have to discover perfectly hidden animals.

The third book presents the variety of tiger-colored animals.

I am so impressed!!!

“…if we still want our kids to build ice-men out of white rain with their kids”. Sinikka’s #upgoerfive description of her work!

An awesome contribution to August’s #SciCommChall by Sinikka! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Sinikka writes:

I want to find out how the large body of water on our world is changing the warm and cold in the air around us. Some tiny parts of the air – so tiny you can’t see them – are formed in the water. When the wind makes little waves on top of the water, they leave the water and become part of the air that we breathe. Once in the air, they can make it cold or warm for us. I want to find out about some parts that make it cold: these parts go high up in the air, much higher than where the rain comes from. There they form a layer that makes part of the light of the sun turn around, so it does not hit us: It gets colder. But we do not know how much of that is coming out of the water, and we need to know that to know the cooling (or better: the not-so-strong-warming). I find out about that by going on water-cars and study little bits of water, and then sit in front of the computer for a long time. Even though these parts make the air colder, there are much much more parts that make it warmer – I think we should stop putting more of them in the air, if we still want our kids to build ice-men out of white rain with their kids.

Sarah one-ups the #upgoerfive #scicommchall, describing her work using different lists of the most commonly used 1000 words

Surely Sarah is the most dedicated contributor to August’s #scicommchall so far:

Yesterday afternoon I got a text message asking whether “is” isn’t on the list of the 1000 most commonly used words because it’s a form of “to be”, and hence can be used despite not being on the list, or whether, since it isn’t on the list, it is really not allowed in the #upgoerfive challenge.

That was a little confusing to me, since I was pretty sure that I had used “is” without any issue for my own challenge before. So after a little back and forth, Sarah launched into an investigation and it turns out that the lists of the 1000 most common words that you find on the internet differ substantially! Some don’t include “is” at all, others within the top 25 words. But then some include “energy” and others don’t. And “energy”, as you will see below, is a very central word for Sarah’s work!

Check out two different versions of how the gamified exhibition on the energy transition works, one using the #upgoerfive text editor, the other one using a list that I had linked (but I’ve since removed the link to avoid confusion and guide people directly to the awesome editor).

Here is the one using the word list that does include “energy”:

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Here is the version done using the #upgoerfive text editor, which does not include “energy” and hence is a lot more challenging:

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Leticia accepts the August #SciCommChall and describes her work using only words from the list of the 1000 most common words!

Letícia writes:

Challenge accepted! Describing my  research using only the 1000 more common words in English! @scicommchall #scicommchall

@douglaskomatsu this one’s for you too…

Humans are changing the air we all breath. Really cold water in our world acts as an important “door” to this air. Part of the air changes the water, causing “trouble” to those living in water… Too many changes in world’s water also slowly changes the air. The world’s air and water have been through lots of changes in time, but it has never changed so fast in such short time. People check and study the water in many different places, also where it is very very very cold, in order to get the full picture of these changes. It is like putting together the pieces of a huge game! It is very important to have this world’s water and air “big picture”: once we understand it, we can avoid more changes in the air, point out the places where water is changing faster (and causing trouble to those living IN it, and FROM it), deciding faster what to do next.

Photo: @letcotrim on board H41 Polar RV Almte. Maximiano @marinhaoficial , starboard view, Weddell Sea, Antarctica.

Thanks for letting us share this! 🙂