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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-41
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-41

  09 Nov 2021

09 Nov 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GC.

Magnetic to the Core – communicating paleomagnetism with hands-on activities

Annique van der Boon1,a, Andrew J. Biggin1, Greig A. Paterson1, and Janine L. Kavenagh1 Annique van der Boon et al.
  • 1Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Jane Herdman Building, 4 Herdman Street, Liverpool, L69 3GP, UK
  • anow at: Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, University of Oslo, ZEB building, Sem Sælands vei 2A, 0371 Oslo, Norway

Abstract. Paleomagnetism is a relatively unknown part of Earth sciences that is not well integrated into the school curriculum in the United Kingdom. Throughout recent years, there has been a decline in the number of Earth science students in the UK. In 2018 and 2019, we developed outreach activities and resources to introduce the scientifically-engaged general public to paleomagnetism and raise awareness of how geomagnetism affects society today, thus putting paleomagnetism, and Earth sciences, in the spotlight. We tested our ideas at local events that were visited mostly by families with small children, with tens to hundreds of participants. Our project culminated in the ‘Magnetic to the Core’ stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in 2019, which is visited by members of the general public as well as students and teachers, scientists, policymakers and the media. At this event, we communicated the fundamentals of paleomagnetism through hands-on experiments and presented our recent research advances in a fun and family friendly way. To test the impact of our exhibit on knowledge of paleomagnetism and Earth’s magnetic field on visitors, we designed an interactive quiz and collected results from 382 participants over 8 days. The results show an increase in score of 19.1 % between those who had not yet visited the stand to those who had visited for more than 10 minutes. The results from school-age respondents alone show a larger increase in score of 28.1 % between those who had not yet visited and those who had spent more than 10 minutes at the stand. These findings demonstrate that this outreach event was successful in impacting visitors’ learning. We hope our Magnetic to the Core project can serve as an inspiration for other Earth science laboratories looking to engage a wide audience and measure the success and impact of their outreach activities.

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We present the ‘Magnetic to the Core’ project, which communicated paleomagnetism to members of the general public through hands-on experiments. The impact of the project was tested with an interactive quiz, which shows that this outreach event was successful in impacting visitors’ learning. We hope our Magnetic to the Core project can serve as an inspiration for other Earth science laboratories looking to engage a wide audience and measure the success and impact of their outreach activities.
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