Jen Swanson

Episode 82: How Do You Make Toilet Paper Soft?

Meet the Expert:  Madison Matson, Chemical Engineer Madison is a 2020 graduate with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Madison had an internship at a Tucson firm and then went to work as an engineer at Proctor and Gamble in Pennsylvania where she helps with the production of paper products such… Continue Reading Episode 82: How Do You Make Toilet Paper Soft?

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Episode 82: How Do You Make Toilet Paper Soft?

Challenge: Check out the toilet paper you have at your home, or school, or office. Is it 2-ply? 3-ply? Does it feel soft or strong? Or both? Do a compare and contrast of different kinds of toilet paper. Share it with us  by LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW   or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page … Continue Reading Episode 82: How Do You Make Toilet Paper Soft?

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Episode 81: Do Whales Have Germs?

Challenge: Make your own agar plates ( maybe something like this:  Petri Dish Kit )  Then find out if you have the same bacteria as your dog/cat? Or as your brother or sister? Swab your mouth or your skin. Swab the animal. Swipe both swabs on their own petri dish. Then let the bacteria grow… Continue Reading Episode 81: Do Whales Have Germs?

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Episode 81: Do Whales Have Germs?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Amy Apprill, Marine Microbial Ecologist Dr. Amy Apprill is a marine microbial ecologist and Associate Scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry department. Apprill’s research focuses on the ecology of microbial communities (or ‘microbiomes’) residing in association with sensitive animal hosts and ecosystems of the ocean. She studies the factors driving… Continue Reading Episode 81: Do Whales Have Germs?

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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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