Decazeville. Instant science: disentangling the true from the false

Following the proposal of “Instant Science”, a scientific mediation “Science or Infox” provided by the speakers of the association “Carrefour des Sciences et des Arts”: Annabel Foucault and Lillian Stanton took place recently in the Lycée la Discovery, with Valérie Leroux professor of expression communication and Stéphanie Mas professor of Biotechnology.

This intervention for the first years of BTS Biotechnologies aimed to “develop their critical thinking and give them the keys to guard against false information in the scientific field and identify the right sources”, all in the form of a quiz and Roleplay.

This project, financed by FEDER funds and the Occitanie region, finds particular interest with an audience of future biotechnology research technicians, who will be guarantors of the quality of the experimental results obtained within the framework of research projects carried out in the fields environment, health, bio-industries…

The importance of sources

But not only, “developing its capacities for detecting” Fake News “(false information) and its critical spirit is interesting as a scientist but also as a citizen”, insist Annabel and Lilian.

Mediation “at home and open to the world”, very rhythmic and which knew how to make the students actors. Starting with the Quiz to give them vocabulary and tools to process the amount of information they are exposed to every day: What is a source? An opinion ? a rumor ? Fact-checking? But also the “Matilda effect” or the forgotten discoveries of women scientists and how the contribution of women scientists to research has often been minimized. But still how to differentiate parody from satire?

Finally, the Decazevillois students questioned the value of an argument and the importance of the sources, using a game mixed with humor which enabled them to make the difference between “sourced argument”, “unsourced argument ” and “direct speech”, while prioritizing them on the reliability scale.

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Following the proposal of “Instant Science”, a scientific mediation “Science or Infox” provided by the speakers of the association “Carrefour des Sciences et des Arts”: Annabel Foucault and Lillian Stanton took place recently in the Lycée la Discovery, with Valérie Leroux professor of expression communication and Stéphanie Mas professor of Biotechnology.

This intervention aimed at the 1st years of BTS Biotechnologies aimed to “develop their critical thinking and give them the keys to guard against false information in the scientific field and identify the right sources”, all in the form of quizzes and Roleplay.

This project, financed by FEDER funds and the Occitanie region, is particularly interesting with an audience of future biotechnology research technicians, who will be guarantors of the quality of the experimental results obtained within the framework of research projects carried out in the fields environment, health, bio-industries…

But not only, “developing its capacities for detecting” Fake News “(false information) and its critical spirit is interesting as a scientist but also as a citizen”, insist Annabel and Lilian.

The importance of sources

Mediation “at home and open to the world”, very rhythmic and which knew how to make the students actors. Starting with the Quiz to give them vocabulary and tools to process the amount of information they are exposed to every day: What is a source? an opinion ? a rumor ? fact-checking? but also the “Matilda effect” or the forgotten discoveries of women scientists and how the contribution of women scientists to research has often been minimized. But still how to differentiate parody from satire?

Finally, the Decazevillois students questioned the value of an argument and the importance of the sources, using a game mixed with humor which enabled them to make the difference between “sourced argument”, “unsourced argument ” and “direct speech”, while prioritizing them on the reliability scale.

Decazeville. Instant science: disentangling the true from the false