STEP Forward was a program in 2017-2018 that offered STEP-WISE graduates the opportunity to extend their communications skills beyond the classroom to the general public and with policymakers.
In collaboration with the Pacific Science Center, STEP Forward fellows participated in the Pacific Science Center’s Science Communication Fellowship program to develop a hands-on activity related to their current research for teaching and engaging a general audience.
STEP Forward fellows completed their intensive 2-day communication training at the Pacific Science Center in this past November (2017). In addition to prototyping and developing activities that highlight fellows’ research, they developed effective skills in communicating science with public audiences. Since December 2017, STEP Forward fellows has showcased their activities at PacSci’s “Meet a Scientist” events as well as additional public events. Several STEP Forward fellows participated in PacSci’s storytelling workshop and the “Science in the City” event for 21+ audiences that focuses on the lives of scientists.
In addition to working with the public through events at the Pacific Science Center, fellows received training and an opportunity to present their research to local policymakers and business leaders at UW Bothell in June 2018, and was mentored in a writing workshop on preparing their activity or teaching materials for publication.
STEP Forward was funded by a Career Guidance for Trainees grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.