When you were a kid, how many things did you build out of Popsicle sticks? Maybe a pencil holder or a box, a teepee, or a sling shot? What about a bridge that can withstand the added weight of hundreds of pounds? Students from Cosby High School’s Engineering Design Course recently developed designs and built bridges that could hold up under pressure.
I am continuously amazed when I hear about young scientists – high school students - who are making a difference in the future of medicine. I recently talked with Riley Ennis, a freshman at Dartmouth College, who won the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge last year and went on to become a U.S.
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.
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.
Caroline Cobert, a senior and Biology and Classics Major at the University of Richmond, has always been fascinated with the science and history of Ancient Egypt. Where has this fascination led her? To use the most current scientific methods and technology available to unlock secrets of a 2,700 year old mummy, Ti Ameny Net.
The MathScience Innovation Center recently launched a new and exciting initiative on the Big Ideas of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for grades 6-12. The Center staff predicts that the enthusiasm over Nanoscience and Nanotechnology will go from the launch at the Center to our schools and students, and even into our homes. Soon everyone will be thinking about Big Ideas on the Nanoscale.
If you think playing basketball is tough, imagine the challenge of designing and building a robot that can maneuver around a court and shoot baskets while probably bumping into other robots that also are scooting around and shooting hoops. To throw in an extra twist, how about giving your robot the ability to balance on a teetering platform, too?