The Science + Cinema initiative serves to highlight the intersection between film and science as a device for wide dissemination of scientific knowledge and to promote collaboration between film makers and scientists. Movies have helped change the way people view social issues, inspired people in their choice of a profession, helped us understand our rapidly changing world and sparked political reform. We think it’s time to move science and technology into the mainstream of our culture, to the point where we care about scientific breakthroughs almost as much as the outcome of a football game. Movies can help make that happen.
Each year we strive to reach a wider and more diverse audience to make sure that we are fulfilling our mission of raising scientific literacy and appreciation for science and technology in the general public. With this goal in mind, we have implemented several initiatives throughout the last several years that speak to our commitment to change and innovate our practices to better serve the public.
This initiative grew out of an impetus here at C2ST to reach communities that were underrepresented in our audiences. We wanted spaces that were established in Chicago neighborhoods where we were not able to reach previously. This is a concerted effort between C2ST and the Chicago Park District to bring free, family-friendly programming to Chicago’s communities and make science more accessible to everyone. Learn with us at the parks!
C2ST CPS Educator Fellow
The C2ST Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Educator Fellow acts as a liaison between C2ST and the CPS community, helping C2ST understand the needs of teachers, and help teachers find C2ST programs that will be useful for them. Each year C2ST will choose a new Educator Fellow in order to make stronger ties to the different school districts and communities in Chicago. Through this initiative we hope to offer new perspectives on science and technology to teachers and provide CPS parents and students opportunities to learn about the world-class research being done in their own backyard.
C2ST continues to serve as a conduit to bring different Women in STEM groups together, and do what C2ST does so well: serve as a liaison and resource for the STEM community, and make connections between various constituent groups within this community. As part of our Women in STEM initiative, C2ST makes a conscientious effort to feature 50% female speakers in our programs and highlight female-led science on our Facebook page.
Meet Aaron Freeman, writer/producer, science commentator and funnyman. Former host of both NPR’s weekly talk show Metropolis, and WTTW’s Chicago Tomorrow, a weekly science-and-health half-hour magazine. Aaron will be sharing his take on a variety of science topics through posts and videos. Follow his YouTube Channel, Science the Day!