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"I'm a scientist, ask me a question"
Recently, postdocs from the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and the University of Cape Town set up a street science stand at the Langa Open Streets Festival in Cape Town and invited passers-by to ask questions. A sign on the stand read: "I'm a scientist, ask me a question."
The festival was packed with people from all parts of Cape Town and the street science stand was one of the most popular spots. School learners peppered the scientists with questions about how you would tell the difference between soil from Earth and from Mars, why it's winter in Cape Town but summer in Europe, where modern humans come from, how a fart works and why the grass is green.
Adults were more cautious in approaching the stand, often listening in on the conversations with the school learners and then blushing when asked if they had any questions.
Many of the people who stopped by the street science stand said it was really great to be able to chat with local scientists in an informal setting and to see that scientists don't all hang out in white coats all week.
To all my fellow scientists out there: Next time you're bored, pop out onto the street with a sign like "I'm a scientist, ask me a question" and prepare yourself for some really interesting conversations.
Christopher Trisos, Postdoc, SAEON Fynbos Node