Science Unplugged

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Young scientists from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University deliver vivid and engaging presentations about their work, their education and their struggles to make the next discovery, uncover a hidden surprise, untangle a myth and tackle the problems that affect us all. Through interactive conversations, students will be given a window into the passionate journey that scientists take to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

The full list of topics includes Molecular Selfies, Microscopic Machines That Cause Big Time Disease, Stopping the Spread of Cancer and many more.

For more information and to book a scientist to speak with your students, email Val at

Science is a story best told by the people who are living it:


Graduate Students Share Their Experiences:

Science Unplugged Visits High Schools:

Stony Brook University students, Colin West, a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy and Physics, and Peter Chahales, a PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, delivered Science Unplugged presentations to high school students.

Some Examples:

Rave Reviews:Thank you so much for coordinating everything. The talk was especially useful because the presenters were able to show my students that what I am teaching them in the classroom is being applied in a real research laboratory setting… Once the other teachers heard about it, they were all asking how they could participate. I hope this program is a success because it really shows high school students the real – world application of biology. My hope is for some of them to continue studying biology after they leave my classroom. Thank you!!
-Lauren Ferlin – East Islip High School
The speakers of the program you presented in the Fall were very engaging and helped my students understand science topics…. My chemistry students absolutely loved meeting scientists in the field and they have been asking when more scientists can come over for a visit. Thank you so much for your time, my students and I really enjoyed it!!!
-Leah Solomon – Central Islip Senior High School
The presenters did an absolutely outstanding job. I was so impressed and they were really great about engaging the students. The students came up with some good questions and really were tuned into the talks. It was a win/win.
-Kate Lynch – Miller Place High School

See some photos of past presentations