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Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

Meet the Expert: Laurie Orth, Music Teacher and STEAM education pioneer STEAM education pioneer Laurie Orth brings together the two contrasting disciplines of space exploration and music. Creating a pipeline for young people into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) educational programs through music is important to her. With over two decades teaching… Continue Reading Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

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Episode 77: How Do Engineers Think?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Cory Hixon, Assistant Professor of Engineering After earning his B.S. in Engineering Science at Penn State University, Dr. Cory Hixson began working as an audio-video engineer/designer. He then made a career transition to teach high school physics. Having sparked his love for education, Dr. Hixson went back to school to earn… Continue Reading Episode 77: How Do Engineers Think?

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Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

Meet the Expert: Kirsten W. Larson, Former NASA Public Affairs Officer, now Children’s Author Kirsten used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes books for curious kids. Kirsten is the author of WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: EMMA LILIAN TODD INVENTS AN AIRPLANE, illustrated by Tracy Subisak (Calkins Creek, 2020), A TRUE WONDER: The Comic Book Hero Who… Continue Reading Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

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Episode 74: How Do Structures Stand Up?

Slender Tower Challenge: You need 10 sheets of paper, scissors, and a roll of tape. Your challenge is to build the tallest tower you can with the smallest base (or footprint). Share your observations– or your picture– with us by LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW  about your experience of designing an exhibit or share with us… 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?

Challenge: Get and apple and a pencil. Give the apple 2 or 3 stabs with the pencil. Let the apple sit on the counter for a couple of days. Watch and see what happens. (Hint: the apple decaying is like your teeth decaying.) Explore this by making holes of different sizes and maybe even having… 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?

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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