What does an iron, an ice skating rink and a chickpea have in common? They are all elements used by seniors in VCU’s School of Engineering at this year’s Senior Design Expo. Hundreds of VCU Engineering students gathered at the Science Museum of Virginia in April to display and discuss their innovative designs for products to improve our lives and advance technology and research.
Articles by Debbie Mickle
Pack your blanket and head on over to The Community Idea Stations for a fun family night at our “Sid the Science Kid’s Backyard Campout” on Friday, June 21st from 6:00-7:30 p.m. This event is designed especially for science loving children (preschool – 8 years old) and their parents. We will be having tons of fun activities inside and on the grounds of the station.
Can the design of a building, a classroom space, and the surrounding environment make a difference in how teachers teach and students learn? Absolutely! The Steward School’s new Bryan Innovation Lab is a perfect example of how school administrators, teachers, architects and designers worked together to create a new learning environment and curriculum focused on preparing our students for the challenges of the future.
The term “supermoon” was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle over 30 years ago but is only now coming into popular usage. Nolle defined a “supermoon” as a new or full moon which occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. The first Supermoon of 2013 will be on the night of May 24-25.
Gently mix a group of curious 4th graders with several excellent and creative teachers, add in a dash of math and measurement, and blend in a generous amount of hands-on exploration and fun and what do you get? The perfect recipe for student engagement, career preparation and a bunch of kids who think math is fun!
How much do you or your children know about the Chesapeake Bay? Do you know it is the largest estuary in the United States and that it receives water from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia? Have you ever experienced first-hand its many ecosystems? Recently a group of young people participating in a Green Adventure Project Expedition got to do just that. They explored the Chesapeake Bay and learned along the way how to protect this beautiful and important resource.
Due to rising oil prices and environmental concerns, the aviation industry is now looking at many biofuels as alternatives to petroleum derived fuel. NASA researchers conducted a series of test flights recently that proved a commercial jet can fly safely with a blend of jet fuel made from Camelina plant oil.
WCVE Public Radio’s Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report.
Did you know that all living cells contain DNA? That’s right, every cell in your body, animals, and plants contains DNA. DNA is short for deoxyribonucleic acid, known as the “molecule of life.” This molecule contains instructions on how to make a living thing; DNA tells you to be you and a strawberry to be a strawberry. Normally, you cannot see DNA with the naked eye. However, if you collect it from thousands of cells, there is enough to be visible.
“This is so cool!” is becoming a favorite phrase of teenagers in science classrooms all over Virginia. Innovative teachers are encouraging their students to touch, manipulate and experience the surprising power of science. And guess what? These students are deciding that science is cool. Recently, I met with two high school Chemistry teachers and talked with them about why they teach Nanoscience in their classrooms.