Engaged Curriculum Grants

Communicating Psychological and Brain Science to the Public

Finding fun and engaging ways to connect children and families with developments in psychological and brain science.

New discoveries about psychological science regularly appear in the news, but students receive little training on how to share this research with a general audience. This project develops a course to teach students how to inform the public, and in particular children and families, about psychological and brain science. Students work with the Ithaca Sciencenter to develop two prototype exhibits on psychology or brain science. While preparing these exhibits, the students learn how to choose topics that are engaging to children and families, how to design exhibits and how to install them. The Sciencenter benefits from the partnership by collaborating with students who have the expertise in a field that is not regularly highlighted in the museum but has the potential to attract significant public attention.

Grant type: Development (2017-18), Planning (2016-17)

The Team

  • Michael Goldstein, Department of Psychology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Khena Swallow, Department of Psychology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bruce Lewenstein, Department of Communication
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Community partner: Ithaca Sciencenter
    A hands-on science museum in Ithaca, New York, whose mission is to inspire excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate and empower.


In the News

AUGUST 23, 2017
Fun, hands-on course teaches science communication
Cornell Chronicle


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