Today's technology connects audiences to research-based knowledge and experts anywhere and at any time. Using social media allows Extension professionals to provide on-demand, asynchronous access to information. Synchronous, or real-time, interaction affords a more active and personal experience. The University of Maine has developed a program that facilitates live conversations between youths and graduate students conducting scientific research in remote locations around the world. This article describes a model for effectively using social media and satellite communication devices to engage kindergarten-through-grade-12 audiences with Extension in innovative ways.
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Wilson, L., Lobley, J., & Kranich, G. (2018). Follow a Researcher: Using Innovative Technology to Connect Youths and Scientists. The Journal of Extension, 56(5), Article 3. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.56.05.03