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!

Sinikka’s #scicommbookforkids on climate tickling your nose

We are in for a real treat with Sinikka’s #scicommbookforkids for September’s #scicommchall! (Translation below the image)

Climate tickling your nose.

Taking a deep breath at the beach, you notice this smell: The smell of the sea. This typical smell are actually tiny amounts of sulfur gases you are breathing in!

Sulphurous algae grow in the sea. Sun light and other microscopically small algae contribute to their growth.

The gases are then released into the air, especially on windy days.

Besides creating the typical smell of the sea, sulphurous algae also do other things: Some help water droplets grow in the atmosphere. Clouds form and it starts to rain!

Others become tiny reflectors — aerosols — and reflect parts of the sun light back away from the Earth. This cools down the Earth a tiny little bit.

Sun and algae, wind and waves, clouds and rain, warm and cold — this is all contained in a nose full of sea air!

And here it is pre folding:

When will we see your #scicommbookforkids? 🙂

#scicommchall in October: Writing a sky-ku #scipoem with Sam Illingworth!

For this month’s #scicommchall, Dr Sam Illingworth (Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK) would like you to write a sky-ku – this is a short poem inspired by the traditional Japanese haiku and which celebrates the sky.

If possible these sky-ku should also include how your work relates to the sky; it might be that you are an atmospheric scientist working on clouds (easy!), or that you are a marine biologist who spends many months at sea looking at seemingly endless horizons (slightly harder!).

You can read a selection of them here (http://skydayproject.com/sky-ku/), and also find out more about the SkyDayProject which inspired their creation. And if writing a poem in this particular style is too hard, then just abandon the form and write something you feel more comfortable with. 🙂

As always, please do share your ideas with us at #scicommchall!

Find a guide to creating Sky-kus after the cut:

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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! 🙂

Click to download

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!!!