I’ve been watching a fantastic bit of twitter-inclusive Biology teaching and science outreach over the past couple of weeks by an American high school teacher Mr Graba, in Palantine, IL. Inspired by the upcoming US elections, he has been getting his students to campaign for their chosen organelle, but more interestingly, to use Twitter to do this.
Some of the cell biologists on Twitter, including some at my own university in the UK, noticed this and started interacting with them and answering their questions. It’s created a great conversation between students and researchers that wouldn’t be possible if Twitter didn’t exist. Just one more reason why I love Twitter. And science.
Have a look at the storify of their campaigning curated by Anne Osterrieder, a plant cell biologist and post-doc at Oxford Brookes university. She’s @AnneOsterrieder on twitter. Some of the other biologists involved are @JohnRunions and @biochembelle.
Check out #organellewars to see more. I love some of the “smear campaigns” being conducted too.
Today is election day, so we’ll have to watch to see who comes out on top.
As an aspiring cell biologist, I think it’s so important to get involved with school age students. The internet and social networks like Twitter make it easy to make science more open, so there really is no excuse not to expand our circles.