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SXSW 2021

Experiential Climate Science

Scientific output can be challenging to comprehend by the average citizen. Through cross-disciplinary projects, Planet Texas 2050, a Grand Challenge initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, has explored how to transform scientific findings into experience via an escape room and a virtual reality experience. This panel will share our journey of transforming scientific findings into educational storytelling making climate science more accessible, engaging, entertaining, and meaningful, and encourage informed discussion and decision making by all.

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  1. The challenges and solutions between representing data and creating a narrative experience.
  2. Using minigames to present bite-sized chunks of approachable information.
  3. Engaging the general public with climate and population data in meaningful ways.



Fernanda Leite, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

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