“TWITTER SPACES 101”
TO SCIENCE WITH LOVE
Guest blog post by Jason O. Zackowski
Twitter is used by a vast array of people from every walk of life.
Among those on Twitter is a multitude of scientists, experts in their field, who know in amazing details the science behind some of the most profound things in our universe.
Squids, Bees, Black Holes, Volcanoes and Dogs, you name it, there is an amazing someone, somewhere studying it.
Twitter Spaces could become that audio place that, for free, you could listen and learn from these amazing people.
Inclusive and Powerful, with a good host
Our account, @bunsenbernerbmd jumped in on the ground floor of spaces and we are blown away at the power of this audio space.
We have been inviting scientists each week to speak about their area of expertise and the engagement, respect and amazing questions the audience has for these experts has been truly heartwarming.
In this time of science misinformation, it is remarkable to bring a human side to those who have devoted their life to a specific area of knowledge.
Not only that, but Spaces is inclusive.
Anyone with a Twitter account, which is free, can join these spaces and interact.
Science Communication Takes a Leap Forward
Our account uses our dogs, Bunsen and Beaker, to teach science everyday.
We sneak in the science alongside cute pictures of the dogs, which has been shockingly effective.
We have found that in Spaces, due to the interaction that people can have, science communication has become even easier.
No longer does a scientist have to travel to an event, or sent up complicated sign in sites for their presentation, all they need to do is use their voice.
For the promotion of science literacy we need our scientists to engage with the public, to let the average person see that someone who studies black holes also loves dogs and dancing.
While the aspects of science they study may be mysterious and difficult to understand, it is the communication with the public, in an interactive way, that will really unleash the potential of SciCom on Twitter.
We are super excited for the future!
Meet Jason O. Zackowski
Jason Zackowski: aka Dadguy- the dog dad of Bunsen and Beaker (the science dogs), is a high school science teacher and science communicator.
When not starting things on fire and making explosions for the learning and assessment of his class, he manages the Twitter account for his furry pals.
Jason runs a popular weekly podcast called “The Science Pawdcast” and two Twitter Spaces a week aptly named “Spaces Unleashed.”
The Bunsen and Beaker science account now reaches millions of people every month and promotes a blend of science, empathy, and cuteness.
TWITTER SPACES 101: TO SCIENCE WITH LOVE
SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
(1) LIVESTREAMING 101
(2) A SHORT HISTORY OF LIVESTREAMING