Jellyfish for breakfast — Judith explains what to do when you get stung by a jellyfish!

Judith came up with a neat contribution for the “Science on the breakfast table” #scicommchall. Can you imagine the milk carton series — some showing you different types of jellyfish, and then others explaining what to do when you get stung? This would be really convenient when you are having breakfast in the sunshine outside of your tent right before you run down to the beach to play in the water…

Go check out what to do if you are unlucky enough to run into a jellyfish — over at Judith’s Instagram @judith_schidlo! 🙂

Nena’s #SciCommChall: Organizing a museum collection

Nena is sharing another “science on the breakfast table” idea with us:

Can you find the same species in the insect box?
Collections are the heart of a museum. To be able to overlook the over hundreds or even thousands of species, you have to establish order. Here you can see how we create a “bee-mess” into a “bee-system”. The same species, which can be make up based on colour, shape and patterns, were put together and related species were attached to them in the same insect box. Every specie is getting a number and this number is listed in a small book for this certain “bee-collection”.


Crabs and their habitat — Nena’s brilliant contribution to #SciCommChall!

Nena has come up with a new, amazing contribution to #SciCommChall: She created a riddle that can be used to engage young and old with crabs and their habitats. Do you know which crab belongs where? Hint: Look at sizes of legs and eyes, they give clues as to which habitat a crab might be happiest living in…

See the solution behind the cut! 🙂

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How do whales sleep?

Nena had yet another cool idea for our March #SciCommChall “science on the breakfast table” and she created the graphic below that would be amazing on, for example, a box of corn flakes. She writes:

The sleeping behaviour of whales and dolphins is fascinating and different in every specie. We want to present you amazing facts about how marine mammals sleep and how it works.
Very special in all of them is their ability of an active regulation of breathing. Humans breathe automatically, whales can control their breath. How they deal with them during sleeping varied from whale to whale.

Water striders and cereal boxes. Sara’s #nano #scicomm as part of March’s #SciCommChall

Sara presents her March’s Science Communication Challenge on her brand new Instagram account @frauwissenschaft.
She found a funny water strider motto “Water strider – You cannot please everyone. Even if you can walk on water, someone will come and ask if you are too stupid to swim.” and created a meme using one of her research pictures and that motto to stick on a cornflakes package, so that families are prompted to discuss about surface tension and all the cool nano research during breakfast.

Learning about whales from a milk carton? Nena’s response to the March #SciCommChall !

Nena writes:

At first sight whales don’t look to be very athletic, because mostly they huge and it seems they not really moving fast in the ocean. But they are! Since my research project deals with whales, I came up with the idea to show people what whales enormously perform during their live.

On the one side of the milk carton the riddle starts with a short story about five kids be on holiday on different places to different times. All of them see whales and we print their pictures of the fluke connected to where and when they have been seen. The viewer now is asked to notice which fluke where seen twice and thus to recreate the migration way of them on.

The “riddle” side of the milk carton. Click on the images to enlarge!

On the other side of the milk carton, I present the solution to the riddle and explain why they have to travel these routes.

The “solution” side of the milk carton. Click on the images to enlarge!

Read more about humpback whales below the cut (in german)

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Egg cups + Haikus for science communication

Written by Mirjam:

#SciCommChall in March was to come up with a small scicomm “thing” that could be used during Easter Sunday breakfast to spark discussion of some science idea. I really like the Norwegian tradition of crime story cartoons on milk packaging around Easter, and thought that it might be neat to try out that format (or at least use it as inspiration). Here is what I came up with:

First: Haikus for everyone involved in KiSOC! A Haiku is a japanese poem with three lines Ă  5-7-5 syllables. Here we go:

I then added short explanations of whose research those Haikus were based on, and what the research is about.

Then I made the whole thing into ………. individual egg holders for our Easter celebration! (Not that we would usually have Easter celebrations at work, but I promised one, and the March challenge lends itself perfectly…).

So this is what the finished product looks like (except that there are a lot more egg cups, since there are a lot more people involved in that project): Haikus + little drawings on the outside, and explanations hidden on the inside!

And here is a poster, summing up the March #SciCommChall (click to access .pdf)

Are you interested in participating in our #SciCommChall? Sign up here and I will email you at the beginning of every month with that month’s #SciCommChall. The only rule is that there are no rules. Participate or don’t, use your own research or someone else’s, share with us or don’t, be inspired by the challenge or use that inspiration for something else 🙂

New #SciCommChall is out! March 2018

This month‘s idea is borrowed from the Norwegian tradition of crime cartoons, which are printed on milk cartons around Easter and which are traditionally solved at a family Easter Brunch:

Show us how you would sneak some science communication into a Brunch with your family and friends!