Through public outreach, we aim to reach a broader audience and increase awareness and excitement about the role computing and mathematical sciences plays in society. We use popular media to reach out to a broad, non-scientific audience, while still maintaining scientific integrity.
Many faculty and research groups already maintain blogs and social media accounts to share their ideas with the public, e.g., Quantum Frontiers, Rigor & Relevance, Random Ponderings, & Bits of DNA. Currently, one of the more active groups is the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) which hosts a variety of activities surrounding Quantum computing, such as highlighting a female quantum scientist every Wednesday on @IQIM_Caltech via #quantumwoman.
A selection of some of the exciting, ongoing public outreach projects in CMS are the following:
qCraft is a mod that brings the principles of quantum physics to the world of Minecraft. While it does not simulate quantum physics, it does provide ‘analogies' that attempt to show how quantum behaviors are different or counter-intuitive from everyday experience.
Jorge Cham of PhD. Comics creates animated shorts that are an accessible way to communicate challenging scientific ideas, allowing IQIM to connect with his audience of graduate students, scientists, and journalists. Four IQIM animated shorts have been created thus far, with over 1,000,000 combined views on YouTube.