Articles by Debbie Mickle
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.
Amazing young scientists were doing amazing things on Saturday, March 24th at the Metro Richmond Science Fair. Two hundred seventy 7th-12th graders presented their research in categories ranging from Behavioral Science to Zoology.
The bushfires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. Fires are a natural force of nature which spur regeneration, but the immediate aftermath of this giant firestorm was devastation. By the time the fires subsided, 173 people had lost their lives, over one million acres of mountain ash forest had been destroyed, and countless animals had perished. The overwhelming firestorm was one of the worst in the country’s history, and came to be known as Black Saturday.
The Science Museum of Virginia is ready to get a little irrational about Pi in hopes to make your knowledge of this tasty number a bit more well rounded. On Wednesday, March 14, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. celebrate the first three digits of Pi, 3.14, on March 14 – also known as 3/14 with a day filled with some pie science.
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.
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.