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The Art of Science
June 8th, 2013 - (1 Comments)

  Sometimes all it takes to get kids excited about science is a bag full of eyeballs. Robert Tai (University of Virginia) has spent years studying when and why kids fall in love with science. Henry Alan Rowe (Norfolk State University) uses fire and static electricity to draw students into chemistry. Plus: Science class matters […]

Rainbows On Demand
May 4th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Michael Jones McKean (Virginia Commonwealth University) is an artist whose work is a simple, but phenomenal visual event: he creates rainbows that can arc up to 400 feet in height. For over two weeks last summer, his rainbows in downtown Omaha, Nebraska could be seen from a thousand feet away. Also featured: If you’ve ever […]

Dead Zones and Fly-fishing
April 20th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

You can’t see them on the surface. But at the bottom of some of the world’s largest bodies of water are areas called dead zones where fish and other life can’t survive. Robert Diaz (College of William & Mary) tracks the development of these dead zones, which are rapidly increasing. He says agricultural runoff and […]

Do the Math
April 13th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Civil rights activist Bob Moses (The Algebra Project) famously helped organize a voter registration drive in Mississippi that changed the political landscape for the black community. He also believed that something else was necessary for full citizenship in society: math literacy. Oliver Hill (Virginia State University) agrees that learning algebra is a civil right. Also […]

Not Your Mother’s Shop Class
April 6th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Shop class 20 years ago meant hacksaws and hammers, but the shop class of 2013 is about teaching innovation and creation through computer programming, 3D printers, and maybe even Legos. A leader in this new kind of education, Mano Talaiver (Longwood University) teaches kids how to program LED lights to customize clothing. Also featured: Not […]

2013: The Year of the Stink Bug?
March 2nd, 2013 - (0 Comments)

  USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory / Animals Photos / CC BY 2013 is predicted to be a record year in terms of stink bug population in the U.S. Entomologist Ames Herbert (Virginia Tech) is looking at ways to control this voracious insect, which has caused millions of dollars in crop damage. Also featured: […]

Edna the Engineer: Who Gets to be a Scientist?
February 9th, 2013 - (2 Comments)

brewbooks / Foter.com / CC BY-SA In 2009, fewer than 2% of physical science degrees—like physics and chemistry—went to African-Americans. Considering African-Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population, these numbers are shockingly low. And they’re getting even lower. In the second episode of our ongoing series about STEM education, we ask: what does a […]

Engineering Change: Why STEM Matters
January 26th, 2013 - (1 Comments)

Blue Square Thing / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA American students rank 21st out of 30 developed nations in science literacy and 25th in math literacy. To boost performance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the White House has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign, and it even held the first White House Science Fair. In […]

Foraging for Cocktails
December 15th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

Christmas may conjure images of bourbon mixed in eggnog or hot buttered rum drinks, but biologist Lytton Musselman (Old Dominion University) is making his own cordials and spirits from wild roots, berries, and mushrooms. Musselman loves the distinct differences in flavor each plant brings to the liquor because, he says, “we are reminded of the […]

Jurassic Squid Ink
December 8th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

The ink’s been dry for 160 million years—but scientists have now confirmed pigment in two fossilized ink sacs from squid-like animals. John Simon (University of Virginia) examined the Jurassic ink sac from the floor of a long-gone sea in the United Kingdom. Also featured: Thousands of kids are duking it out for the title of […]