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.
Articles by Debbie Mickle
Mountain bikes are great, but would one work on the face of the Moon? NASA engineers and VCU’s School of Engineering students know better. The Moon’s rock-and-roll face is not a mountain trail. Special engineering skills are needed to design and build a vehicle humans can ride across the moon’s alien environment.
Congratulations to Team Sparky 384 from Henrico County, who joined teams from Martinsville, Va. and Raleigh, N.C. to become top winners in the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Virginia Regional, a “varsity sport for the mind.”
What do you know about the Wood Thrush? Do you know this small bird has one of the most beautiful songs of any North American bird? Do you know how to imitate the Wood Thrush’s flute-like two note trill that sounds like a yodel? Do you know why the Wood Thrush is rapidly declining in numbers? Some very engaging students at Lucille M. Brown Middle School in the City of Richmond certainly do and they intend to involve us all in Saving the Wood Thrush.
R3 reminds you to follow the 3 R’s--Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! R3 is Central Virginia Waste Management Authority’s (CVWMA) recycling mascot and CVWMA is Central Virginia’s Recycling Authority. Many communities throughout Virginia and the U.S. have recycling programs in place. But, recycling is just one part of the equation. Reducing, reusing and recycling go hand in hand to help us all improve our environment.
Watch the video to find out what you can do to follow the 3 R’s.
Do you have an inquisitive child? Do they explore the world around them? Do they amaze you with all the questions they have? Do they sometimes ask a few too many questions? Well here is a proven scientific method that will help you answer all those wonderful, inquisitive, yet sometimes draining, ‘why’ questions.
When you were a kid, how many things did you build out of Popsicle sticks? Maybe a pencil holder or a box, a teepee, or a sling shot? What about a bridge that can withstand the added weight of hundreds of pounds? Students from Cosby High School’s Engineering Design Course recently developed designs and built bridges that could hold up under pressure.
The peeling of an orange and an in-depth understanding of mathematics led a team of architects and engineers to discover how to construct one of architecture’s iconic images: the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
I am continuously amazed when I hear about young scientists – high school students - who are making a difference in the future of medicine. I recently talked with Riley Ennis, a freshman at Dartmouth College, who won the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge last year and went on to become a U.S.