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Debbie Mickle

Articles by Debbie Mickle

What are the Hot STEM Jobs in Virginia?

We hear a lot about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to our global economy. We are told that STEM is where the jobs are now and where job growth will be in the future.  Chmura Economics & Analytics estimates STEM jobs to grow 18% in Virginia by 2024—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. This is why it is important to inspire middle and high school students to pursue Hot STEM careers.

Question Your World: How's Our Wind Doing?

Increasing global temperatures, glacial melt, and rising sea levels are a few of the more well-known issues regarding climate change. Considering that ultimately it’s all connected, other things will be impacted by the big changes, like the wind. How is our wind doing? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Hot Jobs: Advanced Manufacturing's High Tech Career Paths

What do you think of when you think of a factory? Some loud, dirty place where thousands of workers assemble the same parts over and over for 8 hours a day? Well guess what? We're not talking about your Grandfather’s factory anymore! Thanks to Advanced Manufacturing – the making of products using cutting edge technology- factories in Virginia and all over the US are undergoing some exciting changes. Today's high tech work environments are bright, relatively quiet factories that are almost as sterile as a medical lab.

Footprints on the James

Students all over central Virginia learn about the James River Watershed every year in their science and history classes. The James has played an integral part in Virginia’s human and natural history. But how often do students get to take an up close look at the systems that make up the biology of the river, or learn the history of transporting cargo on a batteau while crewing one down the river?

Question Your World: What's the Future of Vision Correction?

A long time ago our natural limitations were addressed by using technology.  Stone weapons and fire revolutionized the way we live regardless of our natural limitations. Since then science has advanced a lot more and evolved our lives in the process. How about vision? What's the next step in correcting our visual limitations? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

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