Welcome to Science Court!

Science Court is a project designed to combat polarization in American society and strengthen democracy. It is run as an interdisciplinary course in the University of Minnesota Honors Program involving students from across the university. The students select a controversial issue and spend an entire semester studying it in depth to determine the facts (based on sound scientific research) and then argue it in a mock trial in front of a jury of citizens with a mix of views and backgrounds. The public is engaged through compelling audio, video and online content generated by the students about the preparations, trial and verdict. The trial is open to the public.


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2019 Science Court Case

The sky opening of a nuclear power plant. Photo by Jakob Boman.

The Science Court Case Statement is made up of two parts: a problem that needs to be addressed, and a proposed solution. This year's case is:

Problem: Nuclear power, which is a clean and highly efficient source of energy, is underutilized in the United States.

Solution: The U.S. government should increase funding for the development and construction of nuclear power plants with the aim of significantly increasing nuclear power use.

The class is currently researching the facts in this case.  The Science Court trial will take place on Sautrday 11/23 at 9am-4pm and Tuesday night 11/26 for the verdict announcement and discussion.  A jury of citizens will be presented with the facts and two competing strategies to address the problem, one on the pro side of the solution and one on the con side.  The event is free and open to the public. 

If you would like to participate in the jury, apply here.

 

 

LATEST BLOG POSTS

Documentary of SciCourt 2019!

Our fantastic Grace O'Neil wrapped up a memorable year in this fantastic documentary. Definitely worth the watch! Don't forget to tune in next year for our next SciCourt Case!

The Final Verdict!

And the verdict is.... 10-5 to the Pro Team! After 3 hours of deliberation on Sunday the jury delivered their final verdict just a few minutes ago.  It was a great semester full of discussion, debate, and a lot of research! We would like to thank you all for following along, but we would also like to remind you to stick around. There is still another Podcast and a Documentary about the trial on the way! Not to mention, we will be back next fall for another edition of SciCourt.

The Final Verdict!

And the verdict is.... 10-5 to the Pro Team! After 3 hours of deliberation on Sunday the jury delivered their final verdict just a few minutes ago.  It was a great semester full of discussion, debate, and a lot of research! We would like to thank you all for following along, but we would also like to remind you to stick around. There is still another Podcast and a Documentary about the trial on the way! Not to mention, we will be back next fall for another edition of SciCourt.

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Upcoming Events

When: Tuesday November 26th 6:30 pm
Where: Mondale Hall Room 25, West Bank, Universtiy of Minnesota 
What: And the Verdict Is...

The event is free and open to the public. No regisration is required.

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After a semester of research and debate, what will the jury decide in the Science Court case on Nuclear Power?

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