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Growing Up Wild: Connecting Kids To Nature Has Powerful Impact

For Alex Wilke, a Virginia mom who is also a staff member at The Nature Conservancy, nature isn’t just a profession; it’s a passion that she wants to share with her children. Wilkes hopes that by giving her kids as many opportunities as possible to “grow up wild” and experience the outdoors, she can teach them to be responsible, observant and appreciative stewards of the environment.

Hot Shots & Hot Jobs: Engineering Solutions

Why is Engineering a Hot Job? Listen to 3 students from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Engineering to find out. During the recent VCU Capstone (Senior) Design Expo hundreds of engineering students solved problems and developed new products that will make a difference. Learn why these three students went into Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Why is Engineering a Hot Job?

Question Your World: What Do We Really Know About Pluto?

As culture and technology progress, we learn more and more about the natural world that surrounds us. From the obvious to the abstract, science has brought us a deeper understanding of everything from the daily sunlight that hits the Earth to the most distant places in the known universe. Our solar system is one of the biggest mysteries to humanity and we strive to know more and more about our own back yard. We’ve studied closer objects more, but what about those distant places? What do we really know about Pluto?

Question Your World: Who Was The First Maker?

Our built world is a pretty remarkable byproduct of humanity. From door wedges to the International Space Station, we’ve become pretty good at making stuff. More recently the maker culture has exploded into many niche categories around the world, everything from custom made knives to walls that display vital health stats. Where did all this begin? What was the first thing that got the world of making going? Perhaps more importantly, who was the first maker?

Question Your World: Can It Really Rain Spiders?

For nearly 400 million years our planet has been home to spiders. In their time on Earth they have become vital parts of ecosystems, some of nature’s coolest architects, and they’ve even fallen down as rain from time to time. Can it really rain spiders? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.


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