Looking at it from all sides. December’s #scicommchall!

We’ve got such a fun #scicommchall for you for December!

Every coin has two sides, but every research topic has definitely more than just two! So in order to discuss it properly, it sometimes helps to force yourself look at it from different, and maybe unusual, angles.

And here is how we are going to do that: By making a cube and thinking about what the topic might look like from different angles! As an easy example, think of the story of the elephant that is being described by people who can just touch it, not see it. Someone touching the trunk might think that they are dealing with an enormous snake. Someone touching the tail might think it’s a paint brush. Someone touching a leg might think it’s a pillar.

And this is what this might look like on a cube:

And here is how you would build this cube (and the template below includes the tabs to close the cube completely that are clearly missing in the picture above).

 

Cute, right?

And as a sneak peek in the background: My “wave” cube that I’ll present soon.

Let’s get started then! Below you find a template that you can use to print to make your own cube. Have fun, and don’t forget to share with us! 🙂

December’s #scicommchall: Nena is looking at forests “from all sides”!

Nena shows us the different sides of a forest and writes:

It’s more than just a forest, …

…it’s a place to live for several thousands of species, …

…it’s also a place to live for us as human beings, …

…it’s also a place of destruction and too much consumption, …

…it’s also a place to have best times with old friends, …

…and it’s the biggest playground on earth! …

… Be careful with our forest, they so much more than just trees next to each other!

 

 

Judith writes a #scicommbookforkids about being a First Aid hero

Another beautiful #scicommbookforkids for September’s #scicommchall!

Judith explains how everyone can be a hero:

She tells the story of Ida, who’d love to be a super hero and help people.

Ida asks her personal super hero, her granddad for advice on how to become a super hero.

He explains that it’s not difficult, you just have to help when it’s needed.

Even in small, everyday situations.

In german, it’s easy to remember what you need to do if you just remember to be a HELD (the german word for hero):

H – call for help

E – calm and comfort

L – check for vital functions

D – cover with a blanket

But it’s always important to stay calm and stay safe yourself!

Ina is excited — now she can be a hero!

A #skyku #scipoem on condensation nuclei? Yes, please!

Sinikka wrote a sky-ku haiku for October’s #scicommchall!

Sinikka explains: Clouds form if it is so cold that water vapour condensates to droplets. Little particles – so small you can’t see them – are often the base for water molecules to settle and form such a droplet. The particle is a so called cloud condensation nuclei. Sulfur gases emitted by the ocean can form particles that act in that way. This is one of the many ways the ocean influences weather and climate.

Now that’s a really useful #scicommchall to take on: Share your elevator pitch!

It’s November and it’s getting darker and darker. But that’s not going to stop us from being excited about our research, and from sharing that excitement!

So here is November’s #scicommchall:

Share your elevator pitch with us! In 30 seconds or less, what do you do? Why is it exciting? Why should people care?

Grab your phone and make a quick movie of yourself, giving your elevator pitch. Share it on your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, website, wherever you like. And let us share it for you so the world can get excited about your work! 🙂

Sara shares her #dayofscience!

Wanna know what a day in the life of a science communication researcher looks like? Sara shares her #dayofscience on her Instagram @frauwissenschaft, go check it out!

How cool is it when people still contribute to old #scicommchalls, like Sara to the June one?

Do you want to share something related to previous challenges? We are always excited to get inspiration from what you come up with!