2017 SOS Workshop: Deeper Dives

Pre-workshop extended sessions

Sign up for a pre-workshop "Deeper Dive" into specialized topics associated with the 2017 SOS Workshop. These mini-workshops will be held on the afternoon of Monday, April 24 at the Detroit Zoo and are designed to provide a more in-depth (and in some cases “hands-on”) exploration and require additional registration. 

Spaces are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes March 23, 2017.  

Note: to participate in a Deeper Dive, you must also register for the full workshop.

Deeper Dive Topics:

Interpretation Professional Development: "Visualizing Change"

Unpacking the SOS Visual Playlist Editor and other ways to create and customize SOS datasets - CANCELLED

Interpretation Professional Development: "Visualizing Change"

Monday, April 24, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Limit: 25 participants
The deadline to register was March, 23, 2017
Session Leaders: Aquarium of the Pacific, Buttonwood Zoo

Bus transportation will be provided from DTW Airport to the Detroit Zoo at 11:00 am and from the Zoo to the workshop hotel after the deeper dive.

Sign up for a “deeper dive” into interpretive techniques for Science On a Sphere in this specially offered professional development mini-workshop for docents and educators.

Visualize Change…

...and learn ways you and your team can create discourse with audiences on the topics of climate and ocean change with productive, creative, and solutions-focused presentations. This half-day workshop will:

  • Provide access and introduction to four strategically framed visual narratives created for informal science education institutions, ready-made for Science on a Sphere® (as well as Magic Planet®, HyperGlobe®, flat screen, or handheld tablet).

  • Introduce participants to elements of strategic framing – a research-based approach to communications that helps to engage audiences in thinking productively about how they can participate in creating or supporting solutions to important issues of our time.

  • Explain how strategic framing elements, when put together, tell a story about climate change that can help communicators to engage audiences in positive ways, by overcoming traditional barriers and cuing people to think productively about solutions.

  • Demonstration of a toolkit to take back to your institution - including background information about the theoretical basis for each narrative, relevant climate and ocean science information, adaptive scripts, and videos that illustrate each visual narrative being used by an educator.


Participants arrive
1:15 Welcome & Visualizing Change overview
1:45 Watch Climate-Ocean Connection live presentation
2:15 Overview of strategic framing
3:00 Putting it into practice: Extreme Weather
3:45 Customizing, training & the toolkit
4:30 Wrap-up & evaluations

Unpacking the SOS Visual Playlist Editor and other ways to create and customize SOS datasets

Session Leaders: NOAA Earth Systems Research Lab (Boulder SOS Team)
Based on survey responses from the 2015 workshop, the SOS Technical Team is offering a half-day pre-workshop training session on the Monday afternoon before the full workshop. During this time, the SOS Technical Team will
  • Provide an in depth overview of the Visual Playlist Editor (VPLE)

  • Go through examples of adding and modifying datasets and playlists with the VPLE

  • Walk users through hands-on demonstrations with the VPLE

  • Provide time for attendees to put together their own datasets.

  • Answer questions and direct the conversation based on the interests of the group

Attendees are encouraged to work with the SOS Team ahead of time to provide the materials needed for new datasets that they want to create (background images, animations, layers, labels, pips).

Other topics of discussion will be open based on the interests of the group. In the registration form, please note if you have datasets you want to work on during the session or if there are other topics or questions that you would like covered. Based on the feedback collected, we will create an agenda. If we find there isn’t enough interest or material to cover, this half-day pre-workshop may be turned into a concurrent session during the workshop.