Colloquium on 15 May 2014
Science Outreach and Education through Film – Storytelling in a Digital World

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Title: Science Outreach and Education through Film – Storytelling in a Digital World
Speaker: Kai Staats
Date: Thursday, 15 May 2014
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: SAAO Auditorium

Abstract

The on-line, digital video medium has become as commonplace as was television for the prior generation. One in every 7 humans on the planet visits YouTube each month and more than 100 hours of new video are uploaded each minute.

How can we use digital video and film as a means of encouraging learners to embrace a science education?

The key may lie less in computer-generated special effects and editing for a short attention span and more in old-fashioned story telling.

Amateur astronomer, MSc student at AIMS, and filmmaker Kai Staats will share “LIGO, A Passion for Understanding” which premiered at Space.com mid April, ”Chasing Asteroid 1998 QE2″ with SAAO astronomer Nicola Loaring in May 2013, and a short from a 2014 Mars Analog. Kai will engage the audience in discussion about filmmaking as it relates to science outreach and education.

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