That was the coolest thing I have done in years.”  Dr. Jonathan Eisen, University of California-Davis


Still curious? Check out what a few of the scientists and science writers who have volunteered their time at the Science Storytellers booth have to say about their experience.


Initially too shy to even approach him, this young man talked about astrophysics with Dr. Augusto Carballido for more than half an hour during Family Science Days.

“I had the opportunity to participate in a Science Storytellers event, and I enjoyed it immensely. Children are not only curious about, and receptive to, the stories that scientists have to tell; they also propose their own hypotheses about natural phenomena. It was fun to witness their critical thinking skills at play. I would encourage scientists to participate in these events. After all, humanity has a future as long as kids are inspired to become scientists.”  Dr. Augusto Carballido, Baylor College Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research



“Science storytelling is fun, gratifying, and a great learning experience for all. I learned a lot about communicating well with different age groups.” Dr. Sheyna Gifford, Washington University, St. Louis 


Dr. Marguerite Matthews talks about using MRI to study brain activity during the COPUS Day of Service in Polson, MT.


“I had so much fun chatting neuroscience with these girls!” Dr. Marguerite Matthews, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke




Dr. Jonathan Eisen talks microbial diversity with one of our young interviewers.

“I found the whole thing to be really wonderful. What Science Storytellers did was really different in a few ways. First, the kids seemed really engaged and excited. Second, being questioned by kids forced me to try and find ways to explain my work that had no jargon and which did not assume any background knowledge. Third, it gave kids an experience with something that is not normally covered in science outreach — that is, science journalism. Fourth, the questions asked helped remind me why I love doing scientific research and why I got into it in the first place.” Dr. Jonathan Eisen, University of California-Davis



Wildlife and fisheries graduate student Kaylee Hollingsworth drove several hours just to talk with kids about science during AAAS 2018 in Austin.

“When I talked with the young, budding scientists about my research, it not only opened up opportunities to explore their curiosity, it also gave them the chance to share their own experiences, often teaching me. Being a part of this event was truly uplifting and encouraging for future generations. It shows that if children are provided with a challenge and a supportive atmosphere, they will rise to the occasion.” Kaylee Hollingsworth, PhD student in wildlife and fisheries at Texas A&M University