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Star Trek’s LeVar Burton to Be Scientific American Guest Web Editor June 11

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LeVar Burton

Credit: Reading Rainbow

NuqneH! Buy’ ngop!

That’s “greetings” and “good news” in Klingon. These otherworldly tidings seem like a fitting way to let you know that LeVar Burton, who played the U.S.S. Enterprise’s chief engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, will be guest editor of Scientific American’s Web site on Wednesday, June 11.

Burton recently initiated a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to relaunch his popular literacy-promoting children’s show, Reading Rainbow, on the Web and other platforms. The funds will also support bringing the show into as many school classrooms nationwide as possible. At SA we certainly support children’s literacy and education in all fields (see some of our education initiatives here) including reading, science, math, engineering and technology, so we were delighted when Burton agreed to sit in the captain’s chair for our Web site.

As guest editor, Burton will take charge of our home page, choose what should be featured as the news of the day, write and edit some stories on education and space, and tweet about his experience that day.

If you have any advance questions for Burton, please post them below in the comments or tweet them to @sciam, or @readingrainbow or @levarburton.

In honor of our guest editor, get 50% off Scientific American Digital today plus get the Special Education Issue. Enter code: EDUSALE at checkout.

In the meantime we encourage you to check out his videos below that elaborate on what’s next for Reading Rainbow:

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  1. 1. NewWaveSinger 1:59 pm 06/9/2014

    Kudos to Levar Burton for the new Scientific American gig….when are you going to join the cast of Big Bang Theory full-time?

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  2. 2. lmcneil 6:09 am 06/11/2014

    Congrats LeVar for the excellent vitalization of your Reading Rainbow app! Also for the Kickstarter campaign. Science and reading go hand-in-hand and I am so pleased to see the helm being taken by you once again as kids around the world will “take your word for it” and begin a reading adventure. Keep up the good work!

    What is the process of getting published books on your new app? Who do we contact? When we discuss this, do we need to do this in English or Klingon? (j/k)

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  3. 3. aparris 8:41 am 06/11/2014

    LeVar, Rainbow Connector Andrew Parris here. Really looking forward to your guest editing. Enjoying being part of such a great effort on KS.

    Question for you, how much of a engineering geek are you really? (Have you ever really used any self sealing stem bolts?)



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  4. 4. SteveO 1:49 pm 06/11/2014

    Congrats LeVar on the Kickstarter and helping more and more kids to love reading! What you do is very important work.

    My question – do you have ideas on how we can amplify children’s natural love of observation and explanation (a.k.a. science) throughout their lives?

    Girls in particular seem to hit an age where interest just dries up, but many boys do too. I wonder if it has to do with getting to the age where science is presented as calculation, rather than observation? I volunteered at my daughters’ school for units on the solar system, fossils, and rock types. The latter two were more successful since I made them physical. (We paced out a length proportionate to the age of the Earth, marking milestones in life with fossils. It brought home just how big time is compared to our (homo) part of it. And demonstrating sedimentary rock, sediment, magma, and metamorphic by taking a sugar cube, smashing it up, and melting the center while just heating the edges.)

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