Science Outreach Working to Inspire the Next Generation (SOWING)
According to the Wikipedia entry about Wikipedia, “Wikipedia is extremely popular…one third of US Internet users consult[s] Wikipedia.” Globally, more than 450 million people use Wikipedia.
And yet, many of the Wikipedia entries on scientific topics are incomplete or hard for non-specialists to understand. Additionally, educators are rarely trained in how to best use and contribute to Wikipedia with their students. To address these problems, the Simons Foundation has helped launch the Wikipedia “Year of Science,” encouraging scientific practitioners at all levels to contribute to Wikipedia’s science content.
Join us at SOWING to find out how you can use Wikipedia to engage students in scientific discovery. Practice your own editing skills, and learn best practices of Wiki in the Classroom. Plus, ask and receive advice from fellow practitioners of science outreach – over wine and cheese!
The SOWING Team,
Emily Ford, Jeanne Garbarino, Sarah Weisberg and Latasha Wright
Attention is new currency…