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Debbie Mickle

Articles by Debbie Mickle

Floating Classroom on the James: James River Expedition 2012

The Second Annual James River Expedition – a floating classroom on the James – is underway. The three-part Expedition launched from Iron Gate near Covington, Virginia on June 23 and will conclude in Hampton on July 28. Students and teachers from nine different high schools across Virginia are paddling and exploring one of the three major geographical sections of the James – the upper, middle and lower James.

Butterflies LIVE! Fascinating, Beautiful and Hard Working Pollinators

Where can you be surrounded by hundreds of exotic butterflies this summer? Join teacher Kim Farren and her four and five year old Millwood School students as they experience Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Ms. Farren recently brought her students to Butterflies LIVE! to experience butterflies up close as a part of their study of insects.

Another Big Bang of Science: Fireworks!

Is there a better way to explore science and chemistry than by dissecting the bangs, explosions and flashes of fireworks? Get ready for your Fourth of July celebration after you watch the video below from the Royal Institute at the University of Cambridge, England. Professor Chris Bishop walks you through hands-on demonstrations about the hows and whys of firework science.

Polyphemus Moth Emerges on Sesame Street

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark discuss the emergence of a Polyphemus Moth from a cocoon found just outside the radio station on this week’s “What's Bugging You?” Two WCVE Public Radio employees, Shawn Evans and Derrick Starr captured an image of the freshly emerged moth, its male suitor and the cocoon from which the female emerged.

Get Outside and Play!

Turn off the TV. Stop the video games. Forget the twittering bells and whistles, and get outside and play!

Have you heard that recently? It’s not a bad idea. Deep Run High School teacher Tee Clarkson knows why. He grew up learning to fish with his Dad and in the process gained a lifetime “love of the environment” -- a love that will outlast any indoor digital goody you can think of.

What do “Science Pubs” do?

Well, first “a scientist walks into a bar...,” but it's no joke because that scientist will inspire people just like you at Science Pub RVA events - discussions, maybe over a few brews - certainly among curious people, folks who'd like to know about “real” science–the kind that’s all around us all the time–stuff that will amaze you and where there’s no such thing as a dumb question.

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