About half of all of the people in the world are women. Women, however, are grossly underrepresented when it comes to our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce. That starts in our education system. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, while girls at the K-12 level take STEM classes at about the same rate as boys, when they get to college, their interest drops exponentially.
Articles by Debbie Mickle
In many other disciplines there may be multiple right answers. In science, we are often looking for a definitive cure, a global solution or the truth about our universe. We do deal in areas where much is at stake. It truly can be brain surgery or rocket science. Ensuring we are not surrounded by "yes" people is critical to the integrity of science.
Special Science Matters report from 88.9 WCVE correspondent, Charles Fishburne – Virginia has one of the nation’s 12 proton therapy centers for radiation treatment of tumors. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is a 225 million dollar facility, built of 85 million pounds of concrete and 430 tons of steel.
Worms. Trojan Horses. Hackers and Clouds. What comes to mind when you hear these words? I’m not talking about what’s happening in the movies, but what’s happening in cyberspace- that area that connects all of us and our computers to the internet and each other.
Our brain is what makes us what we are. Nearly all aspects of our lives are a product of the human brain, so keeping it in optimal functional condition is very important. We're still piecing together the puzzle of how the brain works, so any new discovery goes a long way. So, what makes our brain work at its best? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Where are great ideas related to science and innovation being brought to life for middle school students this summer? At VCU's da Vinci Works program. The da Vinci Works program is an innovation ecosystem where VCU students of various disciplines who have a passion to create come together to develop, test and execute their ideas. For six weeks, college students gather in a VCU studio workshop steeped in the tradition of Leonardo da Vinci, one of history's greatest innovators.
If you’d like to find out how great ideas come to life – check out what’s happening at VCU’s da Vinci Center on Thursday, May 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage), a program of the Greater Richmond Chamber, is hosting its second event in a three-part series that focuses on the Millennial generation’s values and interests.
PBS KIDS recently launched a new web-based program on environmental science called Plum Landing. A digital adventure designed to engage 6- to 9-year olds in environmental science through animated and live-action videos, hands-on activities, web games and an interactive mobile app: Plum’s Photo Hunt. All of the Plum Landing resources, including standards-based tools for educators, are free.
What a wonderful day we had on Sunday May 4th at Explore the Outdoors! Over 3500 people joined us here at the station and in Huguenot park to learn about all of the great outdoor, environmental and healthy living organizations we have in our community. Forty plus community partners engaged children and their parents in hands-on learning about nature and the world around them.