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Debbie Mickle

Articles by Debbie Mickle

She shoots! She scores! Rat Basketball?

She has the hoop in sight, she runs, she shoots she scores! The basketball flies through the hoop and so does the small furry player, one of the stars of Rat Basketball at The Science Museum of Virginia. Amazing basketball skills are not something rats are born with, so how does Laura Kramer, the Chief Rat Wrangler, and her team of trainers use science to get these small basketball players to compete in the game?

Watch the video to learn about the science of rat basketball.

Problems can be FUN!

Ever thought that solving a problem could be fun? The Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) uses problems – and how we can solve them – as a fun and effective way to engage teachers of grades 4, 5, and 6 and their students in studying science. This approach is called problem-based learning and is the focus of several VISTA summer teacher training programs at universities across Virginia.

Be a Science Kid with Sid!

Sid the Science Kid is an award winning animated television series created by The Jim Henson Company for PBS Kids. Every week, preschoolers have fun with Sid as they use music and humor to celebrate their natural curiosity about science. The energetic and inquisitive Sid starts each episode with a new question like “Why are my shoes shrinking” or “Why do bananas get mushy?” He then embarks on a fun-filled day of finding answers with the help of his friends and family.

Glowing Rocks at the University of Richmond

Have you ever been surrounded by rocks that glow? You will be when you visit the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature at the University of Richmond. Tucked within a gallery filled with intriguing objects like fossils, shells, a giant clam, decorative arts, ancient coins, and different kinds of gems and minerals - the Fluorescent Mineral room is a site not to miss.  Watch the video below to find out more.

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