This is my first post for the CosmoCaixa Explainers program and actually my first ever for any blog in general. I’m quite excited about this program because even though I take both biology and chemistry in the IB Diploma, I never really have the chance to visit many museum exhibits with this kind of content. This therefore makes this experience quite unique for me, and I also hope to gain more insight about the physics field because I have never really learned anything about it. Yesterday we had our first training session, and as guest speakers we had Ms. Angela Roberts and Ms. Theresa Zanatta, besides Mr. McKeen and Mrs. Oliveau, explain the basic museum etiquette.
First Ms. Roberts spoke to us about what it was like to work at a museum by explaining all the aspects that are required for a guide to have in order to be a good explainer, and how to address different problematic situations that we might be faced with. This would be like having an un-interested listener, how to properly engage them, or how to deal with questions that we might not know the answers to; we were also able to ask her questions on any doubts that we had, which surprisingly weren’t that many. After her, Ms. Zanatta gave us a small introduction to effective presentations before releasing us for around five minutes to brainstorm our own ideas. We then combined everyone’s ideas together, which I wrote down and then said back to the group as a summary of our thoughts on effective presentations. We repeated this exercise, but this time with techniques on what we needed to do before, during and after an explanation/presentation as Explainers, and got really good ideas down!
I feel as if we are all prepared now to give the best presentation that we can if we take all the aspects that we had into account, and that the CosmoCaixa will like us as Explainers.
Well everyone, until next time!