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African-American Scientists and Inventors Series: Madam Walker- Innovative Hair Care and Self-made Millionaire

In today’s trip through time, let’s talk hair. Let’s talk not only about hair and hair care innovation, but about dollars--millions of them. Meet Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker, known widely as Madam C.J. Walker.

African-American Scientists and Inventors Series: James West-Can You Hear Me Now?

In this second installment of our Black History Month series honoring black scientists and inventors, we’d like to bring it home to our own state of Virginia. We have James Edward Maceo West to thank for the mechanics used in more than 90 percent of modern microphones.

Start Planning for Summer! Nature Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains

February is a great time to start thinking about your child’s summer plans. There are so many fantastic summer STEM programs in our community and we want you to know about them. To assist you with your research, Science Matters will feature some of the excellent STEM summer programs in Central Virginia.

African-American Scientists and Inventors Series

Here at Science Matters, we hesitate to confine black history to a month. In fact, we strive to bring stories of scientists of all racial and cultural groups to the forefront as we pursue learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. However, we would like to take the opportunity this February to acknowledge and highlight achievements by black Americans, as society often did not value their genius.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

You might know October as the month for fallen leaves, pumpkin carving and warm cider, but here at Science Matters we have a different tradition brewing. National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and that means it’s time for our favorite citizen scientists to hit the ’Net in pursuit of knowledge and safety. No prior experience required.

ModelOff Competition for Coders Begins Soon

Later this month a unique opportunity presents itself for coding enthusiasts, students and practitioners. The third annual ModelOff Financial Modeling Competition starts Saturday, October 25th. Last year’s competition had over three thousand participants from around the globe. The event begins with two online rounds. Individuals who code successfully will be flown to New York City for the final round.

BioTeach: Teachers Invited to Learn about Bioscience In Virginia

K-12 teachers across Virginia are invited to participate in the first statewide BioTeach event on October 9th. The Virginia BIO Foundation, a non-profit foundation created to connect bioscience companies with teachers and students to stimulate career interest in the biosciences (BioSTEM), is hosting this teacher’s only event at locations throughout Virginia.


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