“Picturing ideas” with Schools and Universities
I’m very lucky to be able to work with the Education sector to help schools and universities ‘picture their ideas’ through visual storytelling. Below are some examples of how I have drawn out the ideas of our educators, researchers and students. I just love my job!!
Ideas to Impact at University
As a University of Queensland (UQ) Alumni I was thrilled to get the opportunity to work with UniQuest (http://uniquest.com.au), the commercialisation arm of UQ, in Brisbane recently. I was invited as the Graphic Recorder for UniQuests annual ‘Commercialisation‘ Workshop with UQ researchers from across all of the University sectors from health and biotechnology to social and sciences. As you can see from the photos below it was a grand occasion in the very regal Customs House where we discussed ‘Ideas to Impact‘ and I translated the researchers commercialisation journey through visual stories.
The ‘Roadmap’ to Research Commercialisation with UniQuest’s Dr Dean Moss (CEO) and Cameron Turner (Director, Commercial Engagement, Science)
A birds eye view of the Commercialisation Workshop where I was drawing out the stories of the UQ researchers (…that’s me in the left hand corner)!!
All smiles!! People engaging with their visual stories at the UniQuest Commercialisation Workshop
Examples of some of the visual stories from the Commercialisation Workshop; journey to impact
Visual storytelling on the ‘big stage’ with the ‘Roadmap’ to research commercialisation for UQ
STEM for Girls
I was very fortunate to be able to ‘draw out’ the ideas, issues and challenges of Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with some inspiring women of STEM – Karen Peterson, the CEO of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP of the USA) and Dr Lindy Orwin of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). I graphically recorded Karen’s series of presentations and workshops which were held at a range of USQ’s regional Queensland campuses during National Science Week. Karen’s visit focused on sharing her STEM-collaborative experiences in the US with our STEM delivering teachers, educators and researchers. Below is a summary of the visual storytelling from Karen’s visit ‘down under’ and you can see also see a great summary of Karen’s STEM trip through her Storify at: National Girls Collaborative in Australia.
Lights, camera’s, action!! I live recorded in front of camera’s Karen’s presentation on “Collaboration – the key to strengthening the capacity of STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM” at the USQ Salon located at their beautiful Toowoomba campus.
I graphically recorded Karen’s presentation and workshop on ‘Making your STEM engagement efforts count for everyone’ at USQ’s Springfield campus with STEM students and educators.
Queensland STEM Network – Workshop
I also got the great opportunity to graphically record feedback from the Queensland STEM Education Network (QSEN) at their workshop during National Science Week where we discussed ESTEAMME (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Maker Education).
I also participated in my very first Google Hangout for ACCELN (Australian Council for Computers in Education Learning) during Karen’s visit to Australia where she talked about the National Girls Collaborative project “Encouraging girls to pursue careers in (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics”. I graphically recorded live Karen’s conversation by putting the “A” (Arts) in STEAM! You can see Karen and I in action here at the Google Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDJTdtTlKgA.
I was honoured as a UQ Alumni to be the Graphic Recorder for the Network of Environmental Social Scientists (NESS) coordinated by The University Queensland. The annual NESS Forum brings together environmental and social scientists, researchers and practitioners from a wide range of organisations to discuss how social science can contribute to solving environmental challenges. The focus of this Forum held at UQ (St Lucia campus) was ‘Understanding and Solving Environmental Conflict’. You can see how I ‘drew out’ the issues and challenges of this complex issue across three major themes of Energy, Biodiversity and Climate Change at the Forum Storify.
Science into Schools
As a Graphic Recorder I get invited to schools to ‘draw out’ the science of our Living Oceans. Examples of my visual stories for science in schools are below and you can see more of how I’m putting the ‘A’ in STEAM for our youth, schools and teachers via my Working with kids.
Here I’m graphically recording my school incursion about the science of the Ningaloo Outlook project with High School students at Exmouth District High School. Both the students and the teachers were very engaged with this visual storytelling approach about the science and technology of ‘Tagging along with the megafauna of the Ningaloo Marine Park’ and have invited me back next year to teach the students how to ‘draw out’ the science! Drawing is Thinking!!
I also get the great opportunity to “picture the ideas” of some very clever and dynamic scientists. I have graphically recorded for Dr Julia Playford from the Queensland Government on a number of occasions when she presents to schools and teachers on the topic of “Environmental Science for Improved Decision Making: a case study in the Great Barrier Reef“. Here is one of the visual stories I created ‘live’ whilst Dr Juila presented to 170 students. As you can see the student reaction was very positive! Graphic Recording really helps to communicate often complex issues, such as science. You can see more of how I’m working with kids at https://drsuepillans.com/education/.
Science into policy
I have also graphically recorded for the University of Queensland’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program for Secondary School Science and Mathematics teachers. At the CPD day Dr Julia Playford presented to the Queensland science and maths teachers on ‘Science to support government policy with examples from the Great Barrier Reef’, which I graphically recorded ‘live’. I had such a positive response from the teachers, they thought this was a great and unique way of capturing and communicating science. That’s me in action below!
Drawing upon my experience as a policy-maker in the Queensland Government I regularly engage with University students, researchers and staff to discuss ways of using science to inform public policy. My graphic recording extends into creating Info-graphics to help illustrate ideas and issues, as shown by the below diagram, which I created for an article I wrote for the University of Queensland, entitled “A Roadmap for Science into Policy” which you can view.