middle grade nonfiction

Episode 74: How Do Structures Stand Up?

Meet the Expert: Danielle Schroeder, Civil Engineer Danielle Schroeder is a Bridge Engineer in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Drexel University in 2017 with both her bachelor’s and master’s in Civil Engineering and is the first engineer in her family. As an advocate for STEM outreach, she frequently leads and volunteers at outreach events focused on… Continue Reading Episode 74: How Do Structures Stand Up?

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Episode 73: How Do You Keep Zoo Animals Happy?

Challenge: How would you design an exhibit for two animals. One of the animals that you might not like, and one for an animal that you do like. Share your observations with us by LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW  about your experience of designing an exhibit or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page  and… Continue Reading Episode 73: How Do You Keep Zoo Animals Happy?

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Episode 73: How Do You Keep Zoo Animals Happy?

Meet the Expert: Susan Summers, Zookeeper and Wildlife Biologist Susan has had a career as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and environmental educator. Science and nature have always been part of her life. She worked as a zookeeper for the Ecotarium (formerly known as the Worcester Science Center), the Franklin Park Zoo, and the Virginia Living… Continue Reading Episode 73: How Do You Keep Zoo Animals Happy?

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Episode 71: Why Do Teeth Decay?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Emily Swanson, DMD Dr. Emily Swanson is a native of Newnan, GA. She attended undergrad at Georgia Tech where she earned a BS in Biology. Dr. Swanson earned her DMD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an active member of the American Dental Association on a local, state,… Continue Reading Episode 71: Why Do Teeth Decay?

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Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

Challenge:  Understand the structure of the Earth’s Atmosphere Use a series of boxes and stack them on top of each other. Each box represents a layer of the atmosphere. Ask yourself what takes place in these layers? (Hint: check out this link from UCAR Center for Science Education for help) Send us a picture or… Continue Reading Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

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Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

Meet the Expert: Norman Black, Retired Air Force Colonel and Payload Integrator Norman Black is a seasoned and tested space systems professional with over 25 years of highly specialized technical expertise and documented success in space and satellite operations for the military and civil agencies (NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office). He is a product… Continue Reading Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

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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?

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 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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