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Episode 80: How Much Weight Can a Crane Lift?

Meet the Expert: Luis Duque, Bridge Engineer My name is Luis Duque and I currently work as a  Bridge Engineer at Foothills Bridge Co. Foothills provides engineered solutions for the erection, retrofitting, and dismantling of bridges. Some interesting projects I have work on recently including various temporary scaffolds and structures on the Golden Gate Bridge and demolition of… Continue Reading Episode 80: How Much Weight Can a Crane Lift?

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Episode 80: How Much Can a Crane Lift?

Challenge: Build a tower with paper and see if it shakes, then try building one with toothpicks and marshmallows. See how the different shapes that you use will make it more stable or flexible. Share a picture of it with us by LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW   or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page … Continue Reading Episode 80: How Much Can a Crane Lift?

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Episode 79: How Do You Work With Snakes… Safely?

Meet the Expert: Travis Land, Herptology Curator My name is Travis Land, and I am currently working as a Ranger Tech for the City of Newport News Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department. I am committed to helping its mission of enhancing the quality of our community and its citizens by assisting its wildlife rehabilitation efforts, educational… Continue Reading Episode 79: How Do You Work With Snakes… Safely?

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Episode 79: How Do You Work With Snakes… Safely?

Challenge: Learn about an animal that maybe you are nervous about. Look up information about how it moves, what it eats, how it behaves. Hopefully, if you learn more about it, you won’t be so nervous to be around it. Share it with us by LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW   or share with us on our Twitter ,… Continue Reading Episode 79: How Do You Work With Snakes… Safely?

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Episode 78: How Does Music Help Us Learn About Space?

Challenge: Take a very easy melody you know, like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and change it up by adding words about space. OR create a space rap! Share it with us by LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW   or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page  and you’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of the… Continue Reading Episode 78: How Does Music Help Us Learn About Space?

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Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

Meet the Expert: Laurie Orth, Music Teacher and STEAM education pioneer STEAM education pioneer Laurie Orth brings together the two contrasting disciplines of space exploration and music. Creating a pipeline for young people into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) educational programs through music is important to her. With over two decades teaching… Continue Reading Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

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Episode 77: How Do Engineers Think?

Challenge: When you are walking around the world, think of two things: How Can I do something better?  and What does that connect with? Be aware of your surroundings. See if you can come up with ways to make something better. Then ask yourself, How would that impact everyone involved? This is how engineers think!… Continue Reading Episode 77: How Do Engineers Think?

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Episode 77: How Do Engineers Think?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Cory Hixon, Assistant Professor of Engineering After earning his B.S. in Engineering Science at Penn State University, Dr. Cory Hixson began working as an audio-video engineer/designer. He then made a career transition to teach high school physics. Having sparked his love for education, Dr. Hixson went back to school to earn… Continue Reading Episode 77: How Do Engineers Think?

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Episode 76: How Can We Study Ocean Pollution?

                    Challenge: Pick a day of the week and do at least one thing to reduce your carbon footprint. See if you can do that at least once a week. Share your ways to reduce your carbon footprint with us by LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW   or… Continue Reading Episode 76: How Can We Study Ocean Pollution?

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Episode 76: How Can We Study Pollution in the Ocean?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Padma Venkatraman, oceanographer and author Dr. Padma Venkatraman is the author of BORN BEHIND BARS (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House) as well as THE BRIDGE HOME, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS. She is the winner of a WNDB Walter Dean Myers Award, Golden Kite Award, Crystal Kite Award,… Continue Reading Episode 76: How Can We Study Pollution in the Ocean?

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Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

Meet the Expert: Kirsten W. Larson, Former NASA Public Affairs Officer, now Children’s Author Kirsten used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes books for curious kids. Kirsten is the author of WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: EMMA LILIAN TODD INVENTS AN AIRPLANE, illustrated by Tracy Subisak (Calkins Creek, 2020), A TRUE WONDER: The Comic Book Hero Who… Continue Reading Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

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Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

Challenge: As a Public Affairs Officer, you need to make science interesting and understandable. Your challenge is to look up “seahorse” in the online encyclopedia. Then re-write a paragraph on the seahorse. Make it FUN! Make it INTERESTING! Make it UNDERSTANDABLE! Share it with your family and.. US! LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW  about your exciting… Continue Reading Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

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