In January 2018, Dr. Lakshini Mendis launched a website for the purpose of inviting science to come along on your vacation. While just about every large city in the United States, as well as across the world, typically has a science-related museum, or other science related activities to do while you’re visiting, sometimes they can be hard to find.
Dr. Lakshini Mendis is a trained neuroscientist, and now is a full-time science writer and editor herself. After she gained her PhD, she traveled abroad a lot. While she was abroad, she wanted to find these “STEM-related places” that she knew absolutely existed. Finding them, though, was an entire adventure on its own.
Dr. Mendis found it to be a little frustrating and not very convenient that there wasn’t a place on the internet where you could go to see every science activity or public area in the location you were visiting. Of course, you could Google things all day long, but the convenience just was not there. She wanted a “one-stop STEM related travel site”.
Sci-Sites.com is exactly that. By noting where she has been on her science filled trips, and asking others where they have been, Dr. Mendis has created an easily-accessible space to fit her goal. This site includes guest posts about these places, so that you’re not going in blind — as well as suggests science related spaces for every continent. No matter where you’re going on vacation, Dr. Mendis is making it so you have no excuse to not add science into the mixture.
Another wonderful thing about Dr. Mendis’ site is that it aids in visibility for not only STEM, and STEM-related public spaces, but also for the scientists and employees involved. By allowing guest posts, scientists who have worked for specific museums and other STEM-related places can bring awareness to those said areas, as well as to the work that they do for that specific place.
It’s another way, that’s totally different and completely unique to the current world of Science Communication, to get the science communication ball rolling. It’s a great way to get the entire family involved with STEM and the people directly involved in STEM fields in a fun and relatable way.
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Mariah Loeber is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of FemSTEM.com. She studies English and is a huge fan of all things STEM. Find her on Twitter.