Bringing computational science to the public

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The increasing use of computers in science allows for the scientific analyses of large datasets at an increasing pace. We provided examples and interactive demonstrations at Dundee Science Centre as part of the 2015 Women in Science festival, to present aspects of computational science to the general public. We used low-cost Raspberry Pi computers to provide hands on experience in computer programming and demonstrated the application of computers to biology. Computer games were used as a means to introduce computers to younger visitors. The success of the event was evaluated by voluntary feedback forms completed by visitors, in conjunction with our own self-evaluation. This work builds on the original work of the 4273<Emphasis Type="Italic">π</Emphasis> bioinformatics education program of Barker et al. (2013, BMC Bioinform. 14:243). 4273<Emphasis Type="Italic">π</Emphasis> provides open source education materials in bioinformatics. This work looks at the potential to adapt similar materials for public engagement events.




McDonagh, J. L., Barker, D., & Alderson, R. G. (2016). Bringing computational science to the public. SpringerPlus, 5(1).

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