March Networking

Over the past month, I’ve continued to focus on reaching out to scientists and educators around California. In addition to talking with several different individuals, I also met with representatives of the California Science Center and the California Native Plant Society.

At the CSC, we talked about F&F, and also about their programs and needs. For work within the museum, they need activities and exhibits that are fast, and which work with a wide range of ages. By necessity, F&F is moderately complex, which means that it isn’t well suited for use within the museum. On the other hand, the CSC often works with groups of students and teachers outside the museum, in afternoon and weekend programs. In such programs, they have the ability to focus on specific issues for several hours at a time. And in that sort of setting, F&F would likely work well. We’re keeping in touch to see if we can work out a way to bring F&F to at least a few of those programs.

While the CSC meeting was a small, focused group, the CNPS meeting was a much larger affair. I joined their quarterly chapter council meeting as the guest speaker for their educational break-out session. The opportunity to do some botanical gaming attracted a surprisingly large number of people, so we had a rather full meeting room. I gave a short overview of the game, then taught the game, and let them play for a few rounds. Given the unexpectedly large attendance  the session was a bit chaotic, but it seemed to go over well. While the CNPS has never before supported an outside product, they’re open to the idea, as the content in F&F is well matched to their interests. Over the next couple months, I’ll be meeting up individually with some of the key people, to talk more about the game, their needs, and ways that we might work together in the future.

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