Two Alternative Strategies for Raising Public Awareness of Science and Technology

José Couto Marques, Maria Teresa Restivo, Diana Sousa, Raquel Pires, Carlos Oliveira, Raimundo Delgado

Abstract


In today?s knowledge society it is important to keep people informed about emerging technological developments while at the same time providing an accurate scientific and historical framework for such novelties in order to contribute to eradicate existing misconceptions. Dissemination of science and technology is presently essential to convey information within the research communities as well as among the younger generations and the general public. This paper describes two initiatives which pursue this objective by using multimedia tools. One consists in a set of 250 one-minute programs about engineering topics which were broadcast on TV, radio and the multimedia online platform of a daily journal. The other is a collection of videos produced by a research unit in two alternative formats aimed at specialist and general viewers. Both initiatives, based on two very different budgets, may be instrumental for improving the general perception of the role of engineering and for attracting new vocations. The multimedia contents developed are also valuable teaching tools.

Keywords


dissemination; multimedia; science; technology

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International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP) – eISSN: 2192-4880
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