The MicroSafari: A Journey into Microbiology, an Expedition into Engagement
In the area of hands-on science with the public, microbiology poses particular challenges in offering activities that are safe and cheap, as well as intriguing and engaging. We developed MicroSafari as part of our work with the UW–Madison Biology Outreach Club (BOC), an all-volunteer organization of biology graduate students. During the period 2005–2009, we led over a dozen MicroSafaris at venues on campus and in communities, for groups of families and youth, with group size ranging from 30 to 100. The MicroSafari is a hands-on version of Dyer’s Field Guide, using theater-based elements to share examples of these macroscopic characteristics of microscopic organisms.
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