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Question Your World: What Makes Our Brain Work At Its Best?

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.

Making it Real for Middle School Students through Science and Innovation

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.

Question Your World: What's the Latest Cool Plant Discovery?

Despite huge Hollywood movies, last minute political shifts, or surprising athletic accomplishments, nothing can come close to bizarre and fascinating like nature. After thousands of years of exploring the most common and remote places we’re still continuing to find truly remarkable aspects of our natural world. Animals, atmospheric change, marine patterns, and many other natural aspects have shocked the senses and rattled the imagination, but sometimes very ordinary things pack quite the shocking punch, especially in plants. So, what’s the latest cool plant discovery?

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education in RVA

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 Debuts New Environmental Science Web Program “Plum Landing”

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.

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