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Debbie Mickle

Articles by Debbie Mickle

Good Thinking! New Educational Resources from PBS LearningMedia and the Smithsonian Science Education Center

PBS LearningMedia and the Smithsonian Science Education Center today (8/18/15) announced a partnership to bring new digital resources to teachers and students. Beginning today, the professional development series Good Thinking! will now be available on PBS LearningMedia, the media-on-demand service for educators that serves over 1.6 million users across the country.

Notes from a Lazy Stargazer

I woke up at 3:00 a.m.. Why? Fate, I guess. I live near the UR campus under the canopy of a primeval forest. Meteor watching from my backyard doesn’t work very well. The UR campus, however, does offer some decent openings onto the night sky. I parked by the practice fields and looked out. Fortunately, I drive a convertible and was able to recline in the comfort of the car and gaze out. Campus lighting pretty well eliminated a quarter of the sky closest to the horizon on the campus side of the car. The rest of the sky was dark enough.

Growing Up Wild: Connecting Kids To Nature Has Powerful Impact

For Alex Wilke, a Virginia mom who is also a staff member at The Nature Conservancy, nature isn’t just a profession; it’s a passion that she wants to share with her children. Wilkes hopes that by giving her kids as many opportunities as possible to “grow up wild” and experience the outdoors, she can teach them to be responsible, observant and appreciative stewards of the environment.

Hot Shots & Hot Jobs: Engineering Solutions

Why is Engineering a Hot Job? Listen to 3 students from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Engineering to find out. During the recent VCU Capstone (Senior) Design Expo hundreds of engineering students solved problems and developed new products that will make a difference. Learn why these three students went into Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Why is Engineering a Hot Job?

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