Designing and building a robot, programming it to roll and making basketballs fly! What a fantastic way to teach young people how big ideas become reality and prepare them for the 21st century workforce. Join me as we get to know the members of FIRST Robotics Team Sparky 384 and share in their excitement for science and technology.
Articles by Debbie Mickle
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.
James Madison University’s inaugural class in the School of Engineering is graduating in May, and as Charles Fishburne tells us in this WCVE Public Radio Science Matters Report, its students are already working on Green projects around the world.
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.
A Richmond area summer internship program wants to open more doors for bright high school students and help more Richmond employers find the qualified workers they need. The Virginia Technology Interns Program (VTIP) provides students with hands-on technology experience in the business environment.
Caroline Cobert, a senior and Biology and Classics Major at the University of Richmond, has always been fascinated with the science and history of Ancient Egypt. Where has this fascination led her? To use the most current scientific methods and technology available to unlock secrets of a 2,700 year old mummy, Ti Ameny Net.
Ask Geordon Worley, a junior at Cosby High School, what he’s been thinking about lately and he will quickly tell you – trees – lots of trees! As part of his Eagle Scout project, Geordon led members of Boy Scout Troop #2860 in the planting of 100 trees around Swift Creek Reservoir.
Watch the video below to find out more about this important project.
In the early months and years of life children learn by getting their hands on and in all kinds of things. This early sensory motor stage is a wonderful time to introduce your child to science and math concepts through activities such as floor time, finger paint and water play.
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.
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.