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.
As both an Architect and a Mother, I enjoy exploring the Science of Architecture with my young children. Architecture involves understanding numerous shapes and knowing how they are used to create buildings and spaces. Since children start learning their basic shapes and colors around the age of two, it is a great opportunity for parents and children to explore shapes and architecture together.
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.