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Students and Teachers Explore Outer Space

This summer, Virginia students and teachers in grades 4-6 explored the possibilities of life on Mars as part of the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) Summer Camp and Teacher Training Institute. VISTA is a partnership among 69 school districts, six universities and the Virginia Department of Education. The goals of VISTA are to improve science teaching and student learning in Virginia.

The Mars Landing: Seeking Key Clues to Our Own Planet's Future

The Mars Science Laboratory’s spectacular landing August 6 was not only a game-changer in space exploration, but it opened the door for scientists to answer a most compelling question: What happened to Mars? We know that eons ago, Earth and Mars were a lot alike. And in a recent interview with Science Matters, Dr. Joel S.

Powering the Planet

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 4:17pm -- WCVE

Take an eye-opening look at some of the world’s most important case studies in energy policy. Learn how great nations and small communities are finding sustainable solutions that provide for people and protect the planet.

Geologist Richard Alley examines countries that are moving toward renewable energy sources. In Spain and Morocco, large-scale solar farms and individual photovoltaic panels atop tents in the Sahara are beginning to bring the vast potential of the sun down to Earth.

NASA’s Langley Research Center: Contributions to the Curiosity Rover Mission Part 1

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 3:53pm -- WCVE

The recent success of NASA’s Mars Scientific Laboratory mission to deliver the Curiosity rover safely to Mars was due in part to the research conducted at Hampton, Virginia’s NASA Langley Research Center, which goes back decades.

The NASA Langley Research Center has been involved in the historic Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover mission with contributions including:

MathScience Innovation Center Gets New Director

A nationally recognized math trainer, educational researcher and curriculum developer, Dr. Hollee Freeman, is the new Executive Director of the MathScience Innovation Center. She succeeds Dr. Julia H. Cothron, who retired this spring after leading the Center for twenty two years. Dr. Freeman brings an exciting mix of talents, education and experience to the Richmond-based Center.

Big Picture Science Joins Saturday Lineup On WCVE 88.9 HD2

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 1:24pm -- WCVE

The world has changed since enterprising hominids chipped stones to use as tools. Today’s scientific and technological development moves faster than a speeding maglev train. If you’re curious about where innovation is headed and delight in the wonders of scientific discovery, tune your ears to Big Picture Science. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull.

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