Podcast: Solve It! For Kids

Episode 112: Can You Use Rocks to Store Carbon Dioxide?

Meet the Expert: Katrin Steinthorsdottir, geologist Katrin Steinthorsdottir (she/her) is a geologist from Iceland living in Vancouver, Canada. Originally her interest in rocks came from the smooth black pebbles she collected as a kid, and later on she studied the volcanoes in Iceland and Mexico that form these black rocks. Currently she is studying another… Continue Reading Episode 112: Can You Use Rocks to Store Carbon Dioxide?

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Episode 111: How Do You Count Penguins?

Meet the Expert: Noah Strycker, penguin scientist and birder At 35, Noah has packed in more birding adventures than most people do in a lifetime. In 2021, Noah earned a master’s degree, with honors, from Stony Brook University in New York, where his research with the Lynch Lab focused on Adélie, Gentoo, and Chinstrap Penguins.… Continue Reading Episode 111: How Do You Count Penguins?

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Episode 110: How Do You Recognize Every Giraffe in the World?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Monica Bond, Wildlife Biologist  Dr. Monica Bond is a wildlife biologist and biodiversity activist with a focus on ecology of wildlife in fire-affected forests and ecology of giraffe and other hoofed mammals in the East African savanna. Her research on use of high-intensity burned forest by Spotted Owls and Black-backed Woodpeckers… Continue Reading Episode 110: How Do You Recognize Every Giraffe in the World?

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Episode 109: How Does the James Webb Space Telescope See?

Meet the Expert: Joe DePasquale, Senior Data Imaging Developer   Currently, Joe is the senior Data Imaging Developer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Joe. Prior to joining STScI in March of 2017, I he was the Science Imager for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. If you’ve ever seen a space image… Continue Reading Episode 109: How Does the James Webb Space Telescope See?

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Episode 108: How Do You Make Software?

Meet the Expert: Richard Sheridan, CEO Menlo Innovations Menlo Innovations CEO Richard Sheridan became disillusioned in the middle of his career in the chaotic technology industry. He had an all-consuming thought: things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. Why couldn’t a workplace be filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity, and productivity?… Continue Reading Episode 108: How Do You Make Software?

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Episode 107: What’s it Like to Live in Antarctica?

Meet the Expert: Karen Romano Young– writer, deep sea diver, and polar explorer Karen Romano Young is an independent science communications specialist. The award-winning and acclaimed author of 30 books for children — most about science — and illustrator of several graphic fiction and nonfiction books, she publishes with Scholastic, National Geographic, Chronicle, and Twenty-First… Continue Reading Episode 107: What’s it Like to Live in Antarctica?

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Episode 106: How Do We Know Dinosaurs Could Fly?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Jingmai O’Connor, paleontologist Dr. O’Connor is from Pasadena, California. Her mother is a geologist. O’Connor says that while she was not a dinosaur enthusiast as a child, being present for her mother’s geology fieldwork began her interest in the subject.She explains, “I enjoyed going to the field with her, collecting rocks,… Continue Reading Episode 106: How Do We Know Dinosaurs Could Fly?

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Episode 105: How Do You Keep Your Computer Safe?

Meet the Expert: Ella Schwartz, Cybersecurity engineer and author   Ella is a cybersecurity warrior interfacing with the U.S. federal government on strategic technology initiatives. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from Columbia University. Ella Schwartz writes fiction and nonfiction books for young readers. Ella is the author of CAN YOU CRACK… Continue Reading Episode 105: How Do You Keep Your Computer Safe?

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Episode 104: How Do You Train a Shark?

Meet the Expert: Gretchen Burson, Aquarist II at the Georgia Aquarium My name is Gretchen Burson. I am an Aquarist II at the Georgia Aquarium. I have worked there for the past 5.5 years. I graduated from University of West Georgia with a BS in Biology with a concentration in Marine Science. I have worked… Continue Reading Episode 104: How Do You Train a Shark?

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Episode 103: Why Do Scientists COUNT Lizard Scales?

Meet the Expert:  Sarah Skebba, zoologist and creator of edZOOcating.com  Sarah is a self-proclaimed animal expert with a background in wildlife biology and zoo and aquarium work. Her passion for animals started at a very young age thanks to incredible picture books like Stellaluna and Verdi by Janell Cannon. As a student, she was able… Continue Reading Episode 103: Why Do Scientists COUNT Lizard Scales?

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Episode 102: How Can YOU Be a Codebreaker?

Meet the Expert: Laurie Wallmark, computer scientist and children’s author   Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark is a former software engineer and computer science professor. She writes picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as fiction. Her books have earned five starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and… Continue Reading Episode 102: How Can YOU Be a Codebreaker?

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Episode 101: How Do You Design a Sensor to Learn About the Deep Ocean?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Anna Michel, Associate Scientist/ Ocean Engineer Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Dr. Michel graduated with her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering in 2007. In 2012, she began her career as an assistant scientist at WHOI. She went on to lead the… Continue Reading Episode 101: How Do You Design a Sensor to Learn About the Deep Ocean?

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