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Floating Classroom on the James: James River Expedition 2012

The Second Annual James River Expedition – a floating classroom on the James – is underway. The three-part Expedition launched from Iron Gate near Covington, Virginia on June 23 and will conclude in Hampton on July 28. Students and teachers from nine different high schools across Virginia are paddling and exploring one of the three major geographical sections of the James – the upper, middle and lower James.

Butterflies LIVE! Fascinating, Beautiful and Hard Working Pollinators

Where can you be surrounded by hundreds of exotic butterflies this summer? Join teacher Kim Farren and her four and five year old Millwood School students as they experience Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Ms. Farren recently brought her students to Butterflies LIVE! to experience butterflies up close as a part of their study of insects.

Water Bottle Rockets: Going for the World Record

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 10:21am -- WCVE

Visitors at the Science Museum of Virginia attempted to help set a Guinness World Record for water bottle rocket launches on July 4th. The Science Museum of Virginia teamed up with the joint NASA and University of Central Lancashire in an effort to set the world record for the most number of water rockets launched in one day, along with young rocket enthusiasts from around the country.

Another Big Bang of Science: Fireworks!

Is there a better way to explore science and chemistry than by dissecting the bangs, explosions and flashes of fireworks? Get ready for your Fourth of July celebration after you watch the video below from the Royal Institute at the University of Cambridge, England. Professor Chris Bishop walks you through hands-on demonstrations about the hows and whys of firework science.

Polyphemus Moth Emerges on Sesame Street

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark discuss the emergence of a Polyphemus Moth from a cocoon found just outside the radio station on this week’s “What's Bugging You?” Two WCVE Public Radio employees, Shawn Evans and Derrick Starr captured an image of the freshly emerged moth, its male suitor and the cocoon from which the female emerged.

Inside Nature’s Giants: Camel

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 9:40am -- WCVE

Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg brave the baking desert to dissect a camel, the ultimate desert survivor. They uncover the secret of the camel’s hump and investigate how its elastic legs, stretchy lips and pedestal (a strange bump on its chest) are among the many surprising adaptations that enable the camel to thrive in such a dry and hostile environment.

Get Outside and Play!

Turn off the TV. Stop the video games. Forget the twittering bells and whistles, and get outside and play!

Have you heard that recently? It’s not a bad idea. Deep Run High School teacher Tee Clarkson knows why. He grew up learning to fish with his Dad and in the process gained a lifetime “love of the environment” -- a love that will outlast any indoor digital goody you can think of.

Nature: Superfish

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:29am -- WCVE

They slice through the water’s surface with explosive power — sail, spear and half a ton of muscle flashing in the sun. Their journeys through the open ocean are epic, their life cycle, bizarre. They are the billfish — marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish — largest and most highly prized of all gamefish.

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