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.
Articles by Debbie Mickle
We don’t give much thought to our daily commute—the routes we take to get to school or to our jobs. Those same networks of roads and sidewalks we take for granted every day, plus the parks and plazas we pass by, are planned by urban designers.
Is there any technology that we love more than our cars? Drawing on the history of automobile regulation in the United States, Dr. Lee Vinsel talks about the rules of the road that fueled innovation in the face of competition, constraints and working for the common good in his informal talk, “Taming the American Car.”
Did you know you use nanotechnology every day? Our smartphones have nanoscale transistors, some have silver nanowires for touch screens, and some have nanocoatings for protection from water.
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.
People often think of nanotechnology as futuristic and abstract, not something out in a field helping farmers care for their crops and the environment.
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.
Curiosity, determination, humanity, humility and passion. These are all words that describe the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, Engineering for Rising STARS) Semifinalists.
Here’s a great activity to do at home and sneak in some cool science. You can build a 2- wheel balloon car and use your breath to power it!
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.”