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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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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?

Meet the Expert:  Brian Franz, Mechanical engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA JPL) Brian’s fascination with space began in middle school and the Boy Scouts with the introduction of rockets. The journey in a career in space took its first big leap in the form of a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University… Continue Reading Episode #57 What Do You Need to Know to Operate a Rover on Mars?

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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 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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Episode 54: How Can Photography Inspire Conservation?

Meet the Experts: Dr. Brian Helmuth, Aquanaut and  Marine Scientist AND Keith Ellenbogen, famed underwater photographer   Brian Helmuth, PhD., is an aquanaut and marine environmental scientist at Northeastern University who loves to spend his time diving and exploring the ocean as he studies the effects of climate change on bodies of water on our… Continue Reading Episode 54: How Can Photography Inspire Conservation?

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Episode 53: How Can You Stay Dry on a Rainy Day?

Meet the Expert:  Samantha Jacques, Meteorologist WZZM 13 On Your Side   Samantha Jacques is the Weekend Morning Meteorologist at 13 ON YOUR SIDE in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is a Michigan native, growing up in Shelby Twp, where she first discovered her unwavering passion for weather. Samantha attended Central Michigan University to earn her… Continue Reading Episode 53: How Can You Stay Dry on a Rainy Day?

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Episode 53: How Can You Stay Dry on a Rainy Day?

  Challenge: YOU try it! Gather information that you can find from sources online, observation, other weather shows, and see how well you can do predicting the weather for 7 days. How did it go? Were you correct? Close? Far off? It’s not as easy as it looks is it? Send us your weather predictions… Continue Reading Episode 53: How Can You Stay Dry on a Rainy Day?

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Episode 52: How Do Fossils Make Your Car Go?

Meet the Expert: Maria Marianayagam, Chemical Engineer   Maria Marianayagam is a Sri Lankan-Canadian chemical engineer and children’s book author. She was born in India and grew up in Nigeria, and four provinces across Canada (Quebec, Newfoundland, Ontario, and Alberta). Maria’s first career involved figuring out how to recover oil and gas safely. Given the… Continue Reading Episode 52: How Do Fossils Make Your Car Go?

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