- 05 March 2015
- by Betsy Lang
The human voice is the oldest communication tool, used before we picked up tools to chip away at our cave blogs. In a world of multitasking, it’s hard to stare at a screen all the time. Audio allows us to interact, learn and convince others while still noticing the flowers that dot our paths. If you’re already familiar with podcasts you know you can ride the bus, bake muffins or try to measure electron spin while you listen.
Science and technology are reaching us better today because of the hundreds of audio podcasts with STEM topics. Many of these audio programs have great presenters and material, but it’s difficult or impossible for people to get involved in their production. Stemagora will be an audio program with an open contribution system. You can record a segment on any science, technology, engineering or math topic that intrigues you enough to share. Even better, it allows you to combine the topics you want with the format that you use best.
Your contribution can be an audio site-visit, a short story, a tutorial, even a song about Mars! If there is a scientist that interests you, try calling her up for an interview. Do some research and debate a friend on the technological singularity. Try to explain epigenetics to your uncle. If it interests you, it will interest others. Stemagora will edit the audio contributions together into thematic episodes for listeners around the world.
The first contributions to Stemagora are now being accepted through an audio science contest called Jawbreaker. You can upload your entry in .mp3 format until June 15th to be eligible for prizes, and any time thereafter to contribute to the podcast as a volunteer science journalist. For rules and more information visit www.quilla.info
Keep making noise!