Science Around Cincy

Science Around Cincy

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Learn more about this unique, web-based video series inspiring the next generation of scientists by focusing on science happening right in your backyard. 

Cincinnati is a unique city full of amazing sites, great eats and even curious scientists. Each day, new discoveries are made by scientists both around the world and in back yards across Greater Cincinnati. 

Science Around Cincy is a web-based series highlighting engineers, researchers and scientists and their distinctive work and passion. The platform is geared towards 4-8th graders, but anyone curious about the world is welcome to join in on the fun. “Our platform is all about inspiring the next generation of curious scientists and engineers,” says Science Around Cincy Founder and Host, Chris Anderson. “There is so much to learn, and science is all around us, even here in the city!” 

Anderson began teaching science at Princeton High School in 2008, but made moved out of the classroom and began working as a coach with Hamilton County ESC in 2016. He started to write for a blog and several local publications when he realized his yearning to connect with his audience through visual storytelling, rather than just words on a page. He combined his love for teaching science and visual storytelling together and, with the help of amazing colleagues and community, Science Around Cincy launched. 

Science Around Cincy is made up of several different resources. “We have 7-9-minute main episodes highlighting a broad array of scientists, bonus footage from the episodes, teacher resources and remote learning resources on our website,” says Anderson. “The topics covered in our episodes range from Frog Cryobiologists to a geneticist from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We want kids to know that being a scientist means so much more than just wearing a lab coat, science can be found everywhere.” 

A project like this is no one-man-show. Anderson’s team is made up of 10 dedicated individuals, ranging from Northern Kentucky University interns to staff. Each member holds a specific role that is vital to making Science Around Cincy into what it is today. “My team is amazing, and I could not do what I do without them – I admire each one of them greatly,” says Anderson.

“My favorite part about Science Around Cincy has been the positive feedback from students. Being able to see the kids so intrigued and invested really brought home our mission statement to get kids excited about science,” Anderson says.

To stay connected with Science Around Cincy, follow them on Instagram and Twitter and visit their website, https://sciaroundcincy.com/. You can also check out all of their videos their YouTube channel.

*A special thank you to the Science Around Cincy team: John Gibson, Jordan Bardgett, Michael Pikar, Megan Mixon, Corinne Byrne, Arianna Manners, Kerry Stephans, Aria Brice, and Jason Houston. 

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