Education & outreach activities in 2015


In April 2015, I was delighted to be involved with the MIT and NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) education and outreach activities for the Cambridge Science Festival at MIT Museum, and also the Science Carnival & Robot Zoo at Cambridge Latin and Rindge School.

At the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo, we were among dozens of exhibitors on a jam-packed and exciting day at the Cambridge Latin and Rindge School.

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Panorama of the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo at the Cambridge Latin and Rindge School on April 18th.


At our exhibit at the carnival we debuted an iPad game “Earth in Sixty Seconds” developed by Ben Kotrc as part of the MIT and FCL education and outreach activites. The game packs 4.5 billion years of Earth history into 60 seconds, and players buzz in as time counts towards present day to place key events in the history of our planet. The game cleverly and effectively highlights topics such as when did life originate? When did dinosaurs go extinct, and humans evolve?

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‘Earth History in Sixty Seconds’ – a free app game developed by Foundations for Complex Life and the MIT NASA Astrobiology Team
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Sixty seconds to buzz in and place major events in Earth’s history on the condensed 60 second timeline! (Image credit: Ben Kotrc)


Our exhibition at MIT Museaum was a hands-on and fun experience for young and old to explain how we combine fieldwork and chemistry in the lab to answer important questions in Geobiology and Astrobiology.

David and Ben showing the kids the science of chromatography using coffee filters, a marker and some water!
Here, I am chatting with a (hopefully) intrigued father and son about how we can separate complex mixtures into individual compounds using modern gas chromatography columns. (Image credit: Ben Kotrc)

Check out a detailed news piece by Ben Kotrc on the FCL website here.

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