Presenting at the ROM

On 17 June 2013, I had the fortunate pleasure to give a presentation at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). I was approached by a friend of mine, Julie, who works at the ROM in the education department. She also organizes and oversees a program called OWLS (Opening Windows for Learning ). This is group of people who volunteer their time every monday on the floor of the ROM. They show the children various artifacts as part of the floor presence. After the OWLS have finished volunteering for the day, they then attend a talk given by various guest speakers. I was invited to be the guest speaker for the, so I put together a talk on the exploits of one Commander Chris Hadfield. Below you can see the title slide for the talk.

This is the title slide to the presentation I gave at the Royal Ontario Museum

This is the title slide to the presentation I gave at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The name of the talk, ‘Ground Control to Commander Chris,’ I actually stole from the show title of one of the recent York Universe** podcasts I helped put together (check out the episode here).

I had a great time presenting to the OWLS volunteers. My entire presentation was mostly based on the twitter of Hadfield’s (which you can follow here: @Cmdr_Hadfield). At the time of the presentation, Hadfield had tweeted just over 5000 tweets in total. In preparation for this presentation I downloaded and combed through all 5000 tweets looking for the best pictures I could find. That’s right….all 5000. It took hours. But this was worth it, because now I have a great 30 min presentation on (what I think are) the best tweets from space. These include pictures of Earth from the ISS, images of science experiments, sleeping quarters, and more. Seeing through the eyes of Hadfield has been a wild ride. I think we can all agree.

Here's a shot of me presenting for the OWLS at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Here’s a shot of me presenting for the OWLS at the Royal Ontario Museum. This slide is showing Hadfield’s profile page for his twitter account. The presentation was mostly built on the tweets/pics/videos from Hadfiel’s last 5.5 months in space. Image Credit: Judy Batay.

I like the way I’m pointing in this shot!

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** York Universe is a radio show I co-host/co-write. It is streamed live by www.astronomy.fm every monday night 9pm local Toronto time. You should definitely listen. More information at yorkuniverse.com

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