Nena’s concept cartoon on fire salamanders

Nena came up with this really cool concept cartoon for March’s #scicommchall! She writes:

“Fire salamanders are animals full of legends. There are a lot of stories which tell about the naming about the beautiful amphibian. Some people though fire salamanders are not able to burn or they even are able to ignited a fire. Other people just believe they wake up if there is a fire going on or because of his cnspicious coloring. And again other people believed, they can delete  fire with their skin secretion. In fact, all these myth are a little bit the truth. Fire salamanders always come out of their hiding places if it is getting warm. And in former times, it just getting warm with fire. So there was a big connection between fire and the pop up of fire salamanders.”

A concept cartoon about teachers’ reasons not to implement Inquiry-Based Learning

Alice is sharing her contribution to March’s #scicommchall on her Instagram @scied_alice (which you should totally check out!). She writes:

“I‘m finally submitting my concept cartoon for this months #scicommchall – and it‘s about teachers‘ reasons NOT to implement Inquiry-Based Learning and addressing diversity. All of those reasons are hindering factors and are totally legitimate. They‘re not excuses but subjective perceptions of the situation in which teachers assess their opportunities for action. It‘s my job to find those factors influencing the teachers‘ beliefs and their self-efficacy and to convince policy makers and educators of the importance of addressing those factors.”

A concept cartoon to kickstart discussions about why water striders can walk on water

In March, we are developing concept cartoons. They are perfect to get people discussing, since they give several common answers to a question and people have to explain why some of them are valid while others are not.

In Sara’s case, the question is “why are water striders able to walk on water?” and answers include “because they are so light”, “because they distribute their weight”, “because of their long legs”, “because of surface tension”, “because they re so fast”. What do you think? Why can water striders walk on water? And how would you use concept cartoons for your own topic?

#SciCommChall in March: Join us in creating concept cartoons!

For this month’s #scicommchall, let’s do concept cartoons!

The idea is that in a concept cartoon, the sketch of a situation is given, along with a couple of people who each give a statement explaining the situation. For example on the topic of whether a sundial can be used in both hemispheres, the characters state things like “yes, you just have to position it the other way round”, “yes, if you swap the numbers”, “no, because the sun moves in the opposite direction”, “it will work, but with a 12 hour offset”.

This can then be used to support discussions: Since many possible misconceptions are made explicit on the sketch itself, it is easy for people to identify with one of the answers and explain why they think that it is the correct one. It is also useful to use answers to argue against or to use them as a starting point for experiments or literature research, or to talk about your topic with an audience you suspect might harbour some of those misconceptions.

So let’s go: Show us an interesting question related to your science in a concept cartoon!