Supporting programs that provide adults with accessible opportunities for education in science, history, and other related areas.

Make You Think supports programs that provides science education and science entertainment for adults.  There are a number of structured ways youth can focus their curiosity and many programs vying to do it – science museums, science summer camps, after hours tours of zoos and aquariums; all structured for school children.  But what can be done to encourage the curious adult?

Supporting programs that provide adults with accessible opportunities for education in science, history, and other related areas.

Make You Think supports programs that provides science education and science entertainment for adults.  There are a number of structured ways youth can focus their curiosity and many programs vying to do it – science museums, science summer camps, after hours tours of zoos and aquariums; all structured for school children.  But what can be done to encourage the curious adult?

“Kids are never the problem. They are born scientists. The problem is always the adults. They beat the curiosity out of kids. They outnumber kids. They vote. They wield resources. That’s why my public focus is primarily adults.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

You may have recalled a project from high school, or some lab time in college, or perhaps you recently read an article on your phone while waiting for the bus, that gave you a spark of curiosity.  You’d like to learn more, but don’t have the time or inclination to pursue formal education, or even take a few courses for fun at the local college.  What options are there for you?

We look at science as something very elite, which only a few people can learn. That’s just not true.” -Mae Jemison

Make You Think provide volunteers, funding, services, and tools for organizations that present science topics and opportunities to the general adult population in the Pacific Northwest, so that those organizations can put their energies toward making the best presentations for their audience.

“If you look back on all the teachers that you liked, I am sure you will find they were very entertaining.”   – Bill Nye

The Make You Think board members have been creating adult science opportunities for years. They’ve been behind the scenes, organizing event logistics for presentations for adults.  They’ve been on stages sharing their scientific passions. The creation of this non profit allows us to expand our scope, and aim for more science events for more people who want to learn more.

“All good research-whether for science or for a book-is a form of obsession.” ― Mary Roach

Recent and Upcoming Make You Think Partnerships

Science on Tap:  Volunteers

At Least Twice a Month

This popular lecture series in Portland OR and Vancouver WA attracts hundreds of curious adults to its science lectures in local theatres, where beer is sipped while a scientist explains the latest research on Music and the Aging Brain, or summarizes the history of Hormones or explains how GPS wildlife tracking works.  Behind the scenes, the show requires about 20 hours of volunteer work during show night, in addition to between show tasks and production staff – and there are between 2 and 6 shows each month, so this adds up to a lot of labor to make a quality event.

Science Talk Conference: AV/Tech

April 4th – 5th, 2019

Science Talk is an annual gathering of scientists, science communicators, journalists, teachers, students, celebrities and politicians gather to network and share expertise.  This year, MYT  volunteers will be providing photography, services and technical assistance from ouryears of photo- and video-graphing other science events and freeing up resources for the conference organizers.

March for Science: Booth Staffing

2016-2017

The Portland March For Science attracts thousands of people interested in the promotion of science.  In addition to a lively stroll around Portland’s downtown, the event has an expo, and MYT volunteers have staffed a booth to present information and on-the-spot science experiments, as well as organizing “Ask A Scientist” sessions, and one year, contributed video and photographic coverage of the event.

Science Sleepovers:

Scout troops and school classes can attend after-hours sessions at museums, but why should they have all the fun?  MYT’s troupe has historically organized the grown-up versions, with backstage tours of the Oregon Zoo, a change to sleep in the shark tank at the Newport Aquarium, and even a Perseid Telescope party at top of Mt Hood.  More events coming up!

Atlas Obscura Eclipse Festival:

August 19th – 21st 2017

Oregon was on the path of totality, and Atlas Obscura held a science festival.  MYT’s troupe was there, assisting with science activities for attendees, event photography, and logistics & tech support for other organizations that made the Eclipse Even that much more educational.  And made solar oven cookies.

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