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Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

Challenge: Find a planet!! Go to Planet Hunters TESS and learn how to look for a planet. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW  about your experience of searching for a planet or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page  and you’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of the book giveaway for this episode!

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Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Ryan MacDonald, theoretical physicist   Dr. Ryan MacDonald is a theoretical astrophysicist researching exoplanet atmospheres at Cornell University’s Carl Sagan Institute. He develops techniques to characterize the atmospheres of these distant worlds using ground and space-based telescopes. Dr. MacDonald is currently working on modeling exoplanet atmospheres in preparation for the launch… Continue Reading Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

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Episode 68: Can You Predict Which Animals Will Survive Environmental Change?

Challenge: Develop a system to measure as many traits as you can using building blocks or legos, ie. how tall it is, how many sides it has, it’s color, how many sections it has, etc. Then have your parents or someone else select a group of blocks that have all of the same trait, and… Continue Reading Episode 68: Can You Predict Which Animals Will Survive Environmental Change?

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Episode 68: Can You Predict Which Animals Will Survive Environmental Change?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Katie Lotterhos, Marine biologist and ecologist Dr. Katie Lotterhos is an Associate Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University. She received her B.A. in Physics from Binghamton University in Physics, but late in her degree discovered her love for the ocean through trips with the outdoors club. She learned… Continue Reading Episode 68: Can You Predict Which Animals Will Survive Environmental Change?

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Episode 67: What Can Ancient Rhinos Tell Us About the Midwest?

  Challenge: Go outside and watch an animal, observe its behavior. What is it doing? How does it use the parts of its body to move, eat, or just participate in its surroundings? Then write it down in your journal. Send us your information or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page and you’ll… Continue Reading Episode 67: What Can Ancient Rhinos Tell Us About the Midwest?

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Episode 67: What Can Ancient Rhinos Tell Us About the Midwest?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Alison Pearce Stevens, biologist and children’s author Alison Pearce Stevens has been chased by a trumpeter swan, bitten by a bronze-winged duck, and served as a climbing wall for geckos and baby bats. She used to be a beekeeper and still thinks pollinators are some of the coolest things on the… Continue Reading Episode 67: What Can Ancient Rhinos Tell Us About the Midwest?

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Challenge #66

Challenge: Check out the flora and fauna in your own neighborhood. Quietly observe what you see, write it down in a journal, or draw in your notebook. Then  share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of the book on the episode page!

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Episode 66: How Do You Meet the Moths that are in Your Neighborhood?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Loree Griff Burns  scientist/children’s author Loree writes true stories for curious people of all ages and she believes deeply in the twin joys of following one’s passion and finding one’s voice. Her books for children have won many accolades, including American Library Association Notable designations, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book… Continue Reading Episode 66: How Do You Meet the Moths that are in Your Neighborhood?

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Episode 65: How Do Super Stinky Plants Save Soil?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Colleen Kelley, Organometallic chemist   Colleen Kelley received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Richmond, and herPh.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. She continued her studies having been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University Louis Pasteur with the Nobel Laureate, Professor Jean-Marie Lehn.  Colleen was… Continue Reading Episode 65: How Do Super Stinky Plants Save Soil?

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Episode 65: How Do Super Stinky Plants Help Save Soil?

Challenge: Put a white carnation in a glass of water with a few drops of food coloring. Put a timer on it to see how long it takes for this to happen. Figure out how long it takes to make the carnation brighter or And/OR Design a water filtration system with a water hyacinth! Send… Continue Reading Episode 65: How Do Super Stinky Plants Help Save Soil?

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Episode 64: How Can 3D Printing Make Implants?

  Challenge: Sit on the floor with your legs straight. Flex and unflex your feet. Those are your tendons. Draw us a picture of your tendons and with your parent’s permission, send us your drawing Send us a picture  or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered to win… Continue Reading Episode 64: How Can 3D Printing Make Implants?

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Episode 64: How Can 3D Printing Make Implants?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Noelia Dominguez Falcon, Tissue Engineer   Dr Noelia Falcon is a Senior Research Associate at the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia, UK. She works in Dr Aram Saeed’s Lab, and their research is based on tissue engineering and biomaterials. They combine polymeric scaffolds, stem cells, and biologically… Continue Reading Episode 64: How Can 3D Printing Make Implants?

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