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I am a recent graduate (and now grad student) at Weber State University, specializing in Science Education and Public Outreach.

I think you will agree that science has a problem: the public hold a number of serious misconceptions about what science is and how science works. These misconceptions have a real effect on education, the environment, politics, and many other areas. I am attempting to address this with my undergraduate capstone project, The Nature of Science. The goal of the program is to communicate "what science is, how scientists work, and how you can get involved."

We are now in the early stages of producing supplementary material, including a possible S.T.E.M. series. You can help us by spreading the word to your friends and colleagues.

I hope you enjoy it!

Ron Proctor, BIS
Production Coordinator
Ott Planetarium

Producer, Director, & Animator
The Nature of Science

See the Show!

The Nature of Science was first produced for digital planetaria and later converted to DVD. You can see the whole show in "fisheye" format here, or you can keep scrolling for the "flat screen" version.

"Fisheye" Format

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"Flat Screen" Format

Get Involved: Projects for Citizen Scientists Like You!

Why let the scientists have all the fun? You can get involved right now and make a real, meaningful contribution to human understanding!

Science in General

  • The Wildlab
  • The Citizen Scientist - The Society for Amateur Scientists
  • Science for Citizens

  • Astronomy & Space Exploration

  • Galaxy Zoo
  • GLOBE at Night
  • Moon Zoo
  • Solar Stormwatch
  • Spacehack (News & Multiple Projects)
  • Stardust@Home
  • Zooniverse (Multiple Projects)

  • Entomology

  • The Great Sunflower Project

  • Meteorology

  • The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network

  • Ornithology

  • MigrantWatch (India)
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count
  • The Christmas Bird Count

  • Additional Resources

    For Discussion: Main Points from The Nature of Science (PDF)

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