Are you team cake? 🍰
Or are you team pie? 🥧
It’s a simple question. But even simple questions can create BIG debates. Some debates aren’t so straightforward – have you ever been in a disagreement with someone, where sharing the facts was not enough and the situation rapidly escalated to personal attacks?
Science Everywhere (@whereisscience) knows that encouraging scientific inquiry and value is as important as sharing scientific facts for science communication to be successful. Like they say, “It’s not what you think. It’s how.”
Science Everywhere uses games to create a relaxed and jovial environment where true dialogue, free of defensiveness, can happen.
During their Freestyle Socials events, participants are asked silly questions such as “Cake or Pie?”. They must pick sides and try to convince the other team using surprising or funny perspectives. Because the questions can’t be taken seriously, neither are the arguments. This strategy primes the players to be more receptive to new ideas and ready to learn from others instead of being defensive when serious questions are asked.
We’ve been delighted to work with Science Everywhere to sponsor a successful Freestyle Socials event for our community partner, @LotusSTEMM. The players engaged in meaningful and fun discussions about COVID-19 boosters, nutrition and misinformation.
We are looking forward to our partnership with Science Everywhere and supporting Freestyle Socials events in other communities across Canada.
Check them out at https://ScienceEverywhere.ca