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#Scistuchat is a monthly Twitter Chat with scientists and high school students. Pressing science issues in the news are the typical discussion topics, ex; genetically modified food, cloning, stell cell research and others, space exploration funding, evolution....
Details explaining how to participate at the bottom of the page. 

The topic for May 9th #SciStuChat will be - Why Isn't Pluto a Planet Anymore.
May 9 - Why Isn't Pluto a Planet Anymore

 http://bit.ly/TwePmS - Basic format. Teachers please share with your students


Blogs and Media Mentions

  • Next discussion time: 9:00 pm EST Feb 14th - use twitter hashtag #scistuchat
  • We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9 pm Eastern Standard Time (US). Discussion usually last an hour. 
  • Show up and tweet. See below if you do not have a twitter account. 
  • All scientists and science writers are invited as well as high school students and their teachers and parents. Anyone is encouraged to lurk and learn. 
  • Scientists who have participated in the past. 
    • @DoctorZen 
    • @drisis 
    • @rlbates 
    • @kejames 
    • @thecancergeek 
    • @BioInFocus 
    • @mrwdawson 
    • @Mozziebites 
    • @DrHolly 
    • @thinkCara 
    • @AlaskaBirdGuy 
    • @jasminhume 
    • @katiesci 
    • @coding_doc 
    • @bug_girl 
    • @CMBuddle 
    • @TheBugChicks 
    • @redwngblkbrd 
    • @Bugshop1
  • Teachers who have joined in with their students. 
    • @RebeccaTaylor21 Indiana - 
    • @Mr_Ising Kansas - 
    • @JBevinsNxtGen Kentucky - 
    • @238Gardner New Mexico - 
    • @PaleoRomano New York
  • If you do not have a twitter account you can still follow the conversation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBOfm4ACeT0
  • If you do have a twitter account; search hashtab #scistuchat and make sure to include "#scistuchat" in all your tweets. 
We have made some format changes to the discussion
We are hoping to improve the experience of all involved in #scistuchat - as a result we will be a bit more structured during the discussion this Thursday evening.
  1. We will have a series of questions for students and scientists to answer. The format will be as follows.
    1. Questions will be posed-
      1. Q1 What is DNA?
    2. Student and scientist responses -
      1. A1 DNA is a blue print of the body.
      2. A1 DNA is made of nucleotides
    3. Students and scientists are encouraged to Retweet questions before they start writing their reply, this will help more people see the question.
  2. The questions will get deeper and will begin with Q1, Q2, Q3. Responses to questions should start with A1 A2 A3 depending on the question. Eventually the questions will lead us into our focus question
    1. If DNA can tell you when you are going to die, would you want to know.
  3. The focus question will start us on the path of ethics behind using DNA to decide whether or not to hire people or insure them.
  4. We need to encourage students to ask thoughtful questions and to address someone specific.
    1. Questions by students put out the whole group are less likely to be addressed. Thus resulting in frustrated students.  
  5. We want to encourage students to talk to each other and the scientists

If you have questions contact me through twitter @2footgiraffe

Special note to scienctists - You do not need to be an authority on the any of the topics.
We just need the interactions. Your scientists friends are welcome as well!