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MIT Museum Science Festival Stories

Calling all MIT graduate students and postdocs! Share your story during the Cambridge Science Festival

What High School Science Should Have Been
Wendesday, April 17, 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

What was high school science class like for you? Was it anything like what you do today? Whether your pre-college science studies rocked your world or sent you screaming, we want to hear about them. We're looking for 10-minute talks that take us back to your most memorable moments from high school science class and explain what those experiences (good, bad, or ugly) had to do with what you study today. Tell us what your high school did right, what they did wrong, and why the world would be a better place if you were in charge. Stories can be humorous, inspiring, or just plain cringe-worthy. We'll provide the bartender and the audience; you provide the flashbacks.

What we're looking for:

  • Good story that you can tell in 9-12 minutes to capture and communicate how your high school science class influenced your decision to pursue a science research career, whether positively or negatively
  • Good speaker/storyteller
  • Ability to capture and communicate the link between what happens in science class and what happens in the lab
  • Entertains by sharing the experience and creating the intended reactions: laughter, inspiration, empathy, thought, all of those, some other reaction
  • Avoids or explains MIT-speak (the audience will include non-native speakers of MIT) and subject-specific technical talk

How to participate:
Submit an email with subject line "HS Science" to museumtalks@mit.edu that includes your name, year/degree aspiration, course/major, phone #, and a brief note introducing yourself -- the way you might want to introduce yourself to your audience. Include a 1-2-minute audio or video clip (.mov preferred, or a link to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.) that tells us the title of your talk and gives us a taste of it and a sense of you as a speaker. If you can’t do an audio/video clip, let us know several dates/times when you’re available to do a 1-minute presentation.

Additional information:
Intended audience is adults (including your peers). There will be a cash bar.
You may bring up to 5 images to show on slides. Slides may not contain text, charts, graphs, or equations.

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Undergraduates: Let's Talk About Tech, Baby!

Do you have an MIT experience that trumps all others? Is it inspiring, grounding, or possibly even mortifying? Share your stories at the MIT Museum with classmates, prospective students, alumni, and members of the public. Whether you love MIT or HTFP (or maybe a little bit of both) we want to hear what keeps you coming back for more drinks at the firehose!
Note: This program has been postponed indefinitely. If you are interested in participating in this program in the future, email us at museumtalks@mit.edu.

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