middle grade nonfiction

Can You Look Back in Time to Learn How Galaxies are Formed?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Bob Williams, Astronomer Dr. Robert Williams is currently Astronomer Emeritus at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, and the Donald Osterbrock Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. From 1993-98 he served as Director of STScI, which with Goddard Space Flight Center operates Hubble Space Telescope for NASA… Continue Reading Can You Look Back in Time to Learn How Galaxies are Formed?

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Episode 28: What is Nanotechnology Anyway?

Challenge: Observe how you act when you are by yourself versus when you are in a group. Do you do things differently? Does the group work differently? Write a paragraph or draw a picture of what you see that’s different. With your parents permission, send us your picture via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR tag us… Continue Reading Episode 28: What is Nanotechnology Anyway?

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Episode 28: What is Nanotechnology Anyway?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Jane Frommer, Organomatallic Chemist, Nanotechnology Dr. Jane Frommer is a researcher in Science and Technology at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Tufts University with biochemical research projects at MIT and Mass General Hospital. After receiving a Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from… Continue Reading Episode 28: What is Nanotechnology Anyway?

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Episode 27: Why Would You Want to Break a Flying Car?

Challenge: Design your own Flying Car. Follow the steps HERE Draw a picture of it and with your parents permission, send us your picture via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR tag us on our Twitter or Instagram account @kidssolve If you send in your challenge OR just leave a comment on the episode page, you will… Continue Reading Episode 27: Why Would You Want to Break a Flying Car?

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Episode 26: How Do You Teach a Robot to Swim?

Meet the Expert: Mark Patterson, PhD.  Marine Biologist, Engineer, Aquanaut Hi, I’m a marine biologist, engineer, and underwater explorer. I got my start exploring the underwater world at age 6 when my dad taught me to snorkel in the lakes of upstate NY and Canada. When I was 16, I saved money from delivering newspapers… Continue Reading Episode 26: How Do You Teach a Robot to Swim?

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Episode 25: How Do You Study Tiny Organisms in an Ecosystem as Vast as the Ocean?

Meet the Expert:  Diana Fontaine Diana Fontaine is a Ph.D. student using genetic techniques to study phytoplankton diversity. She is interested in understanding how environmental stressors associated with climate change affect phytoplankton community dynamics and thus, overall ecosystem function. Prior to working in the Rynearson Lab at URI-GSO, she spent two years as a plankton… Continue Reading Episode 25: How Do You Study Tiny Organisms in an Ecosystem as Vast as the Ocean?

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Episode 25: How Do You Study Tiny Organisms in an Ecosystem as Vast as the Ocean?

Challenge: Extract DNA from a strawberry following these directions HERE  Draw a picture of what you recover. With your parents permission, send us your picture via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR tag us on our Twitter or Instagram account @kidssolve If you send in your challenge OR just leave a comment below about the episode, you… Continue Reading Episode 25: How Do You Study Tiny Organisms in an Ecosystem as Vast as the Ocean?

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Episode 23: What Do You Do If You Lose Your Dolphin?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Justine Jackson-Ricketts Justine is  a freelance writer, editor, and reviewer,  who now mainly focuses on science education. She has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. For my Ph.D., she studied a threatened species of Irrawaddy dolphin in Thailand. Her research involved “community ecology”,… Continue Reading Episode 23: What Do You Do If You Lose Your Dolphin?

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Episode 23: What Do You Do If You Lose Your Dolphin?

  Challenge: Dr. Justine challenges everyont to be more aware of your environment, go outside, take a picture of something where you live that could be made better. With your parents permission, send us your picture via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR tag us on our Twitter or Instagram account @kidssolve If you send in your challenge… Continue Reading Episode 23: What Do You Do If You Lose Your Dolphin?

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Episode 22: How Can You Use Science to Restore a Beautiful Masterpiece

Meet the Expert:  Suzanne Quillen Lomax, Senior Conservation Scientist, The National Gallery of Art Suzanne Quillen Lomax received her Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from the University of Maryland, and then went to Northwestern University, where she performed postdoctoral research in organic photochemistry. Dr. Lomax has been working as an organic chemist in the Scientific Research… Continue Reading Episode 22: How Can You Use Science to Restore a Beautiful Masterpiece

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