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VSU’s STEAM Fest Spurred the Development of Hundreds of K-12th-Grade Future Scientists, Engineers, Mathematicians and More

Making robots dance, flying drones and petting Mork, the Madagascar hissing cockroach, were just a few of the activities available on a recent Saturday for K-12 students attending STEAM Fest at Virginia State University.

Science on the Rocks

Have you ever ventured to Belle Isle on the James River in Richmond and taken the time to contemplate a pretty cool phenomenon among the rocks? There are over 400 rock pools along the fall zone of the James which were formed over thousands of years by the grinding away of pebbles against the exposed granite. These water filled pockets are unique ecosystems that have an important story to tell. By studying these rock pools, we can learn more about the condition of our overall environment. 

Hot Shots & Hot Jobs: Pilots Enjoy Breathtaking Views and Plentiful Job Options

Since the Wright brothers’ historic takeoff from Kitty Hawk in 1903, many of us have grown up with dreams of working in aviation. The possibilities for trained pilots are varied—from piloting huge passenger jets across the ocean to guiding small aircraft for police, fire and medical operations—and the job prospects are higher now than ever.

Philanthropy of the Body: Corneas, Organs and Bodies – An Informal History of Medical Science

What motivates people to donate their bodies, and how has medical voluntarism changed over the last century? Susan Lederer, Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics shared her scholarship on this fascinating topic in her talk “The Philanthropy of The Body.”

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