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.
Humanity has used science to answer a lot of questions about the future. First we figured out the lunar cycles and predicted tides. Soon after we were predicting seasons and growth rates of crops. Then we looked out into the cosmos and learned how to predict the motions of celestial objects near and far. We even have figured out predictions of population growth, technological progress, and beyond. How about something more personal though? Can science predict your longevity? Do you want to know how long you will live?
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.
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.
Sometimes great ideas are born before they world is ready for them. The story of the electric car battery would be a great example of that exact occurrence. Currently we live in a world that is about to usher in many more electric cars in the very near future. So, what was the first electric car battery? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
There are many animals on this planet that are shrinking in population size. These animals are placed on the endangered animals list. A lot of times once the animal is put on that list they continue to dwindle in size until they are eventually extinct. However, that does not have to be the case all the time. How can we make a positive impact on endangered species? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
As a species our survival is often based on making decisions that make the most sense for upcoming events and situations. Our ability to understand the seasons played a huge role in agriculture. Our early understanding of the cosmos was a precursor to a more in-depth understanding of physics. We plan for things in our calendars, book vacations based on the temperature, use certain ingredients to enhance foods, and so on.