middle grade nonfiction

Episode 62: How are YOU Like a Dung Beetle?

  Challenge: Eat a healthy diet for 3 days. Record how you feel and what your poop looks like in a journal. Then eat your normal diet and do the same. See if you can see the difference in how you feel based on what you eat. With your parent’s permission, send us your results,… Continue Reading Episode 62: How are YOU Like a Dung Beetle?

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Episode 62: How are YOU Like a Dung Beetle?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Anne Estes, biologist   Dr. Anne Estes is an integrative biologist interested in the effect of the host diet and physiology on the genome and evolution of the host’s microbiome. The Estes laboratory at Towson University examines the effect of diet and antibiotic perturbation of the dung beetle digestive system microbiome,… Continue Reading Episode 62: How are YOU Like a Dung Beetle?

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Episode 61: How Do You Keep Astronauts Alive in Space?

Meet the Expert: Bailey Burns, Systems Engineer   Bailey Burns is a systems engineer working for Raytheon and now Paragon Space Development Corporation. She is involved in planning the  next mission for the moon! Bailey is also the Rubik’s Brand Amabassador. She first started solving Rubik’s cubes in 7th grade when her math teacher taught… Continue Reading Episode 61: How Do You Keep Astronauts Alive in Space?

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Episode #60: Why are Squid Squishy?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Sarah McAnulty, squid biologist and science communicator   Dr. Sarah McAnulty is a squid scientist at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. She’s also the founder of Skype A Scientist, which matches scientists with classrooms around the world and is part of a global movement… Continue Reading Episode #60: Why are Squid Squishy?

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Episode 59: How Can Science Help Us to Solve Crimes?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Kelly Elkins, biochemist and forensic scientist  Dr. Kelly Elkins is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Towson University and a founding tri-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Forensic Science Education. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Keene State College in 1997 and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry from Clark University in 2001 and 2003,… Continue Reading Episode 59: How Can Science Help Us to Solve Crimes?

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Episode 59: How Can Science Help Use to Solve Crimes?

Challenge: Do an experiment to extract DNA from a strawberry. You can search for one on the internet or try this here by Steve Spangler OR if you’re family has done one of the genealogy tests, look through it to see what traits have been passed down from your ancestors. With your parent’s permission, send… Continue Reading Episode 59: How Can Science Help Use to Solve Crimes?

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How Can Physics Help Us to Capture an Alien?

  Challenge: Experience Physics around your  house. Look at gravity, friction, time, and more. Write down a few experiments that you tried. How do you think these forces would work in microgravity in space? Draw a picture or send us a note about what you learned? With your parent’s permission, send us a picture or… Continue Reading How Can Physics Help Us to Capture an Alien?

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Episode 58: How Can Physics Help Us to Capture an Alien?

Meet the Expert: Melinda Bradley, physicist and space educator Melinda Bradley is responsible for implementing a range of the Space Foundation’s space-inspired STEM educational programs including the Junior Space Entrepreneurship Program, Discover the Universe field trips and virtual programs as well as the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s public programming initiatives for students, teachers, and families.… Continue Reading Episode 58: How Can Physics Help Us to Capture an Alien?

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Episode #57: What Do You Need to Know to Operate a Rover on Mars?

  Challenge Learn about gravity on different planets. Use a pulley system to feel different weighs. Try this experiment here on Inventors of Tomorrow. With your parent’s permission, send us a picture or drawing of your pulley system. Send us a picture of our poster or share with us on our Twitter ,  Instagram  or Facebook page and… Continue Reading Episode #57: What Do You Need to Know to Operate a Rover on Mars?

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Episode 56: Why Would You Want to Eat a Cricket?

Challenge Learn more about crickets. Draw one and make sure it you include what it eats. With your parent’s permission, consider trying a cricket of your own. Check out Entomo Farms and order a cricket for lunch… yours! Send us a picture of our poster or share with us on our Twitter ,  Instagram  or Facebook page and… Continue Reading Episode 56: Why Would You Want to Eat a Cricket?

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Episode 56: Why Would You Want to Eat a Cricket?

Meet the Expert:  Devan George, Entomologist (aka bug scientist)    Devan  graduated from University of Delaware with a M.S. in Entomology. She grew up in Honesdale, PA, attending Honesdale High School and frequenting programs at Lacawac Sanctuary. While getting her B.S. in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability from the University of New Hampshire, she spent time… Continue Reading Episode 56: Why Would You Want to Eat a Cricket?

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Episode 55: How Do You Find a Hidden Giraffe?

Meet the Expert: David Brown, biologist and wildlife conservationist David Brown is a biologist, wildlife conservationist, and environmental educator. He has researched giraffe population genetics, and along with his colleagues discovered that many of the giraffe subspecies in the wild may be distinct species. David has written for National Geographic Kids, Highlights, and Mongabay.com. For Celebrating… Continue Reading Episode 55: How Do You Find a Hidden Giraffe?

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