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The Need for Belonging in Math and Science

From her earliest memories, Catherine Good was good at math. By second grade she was performing at the fourth grade level, sometimes even helping the teacher grade other students’ work.

October 21, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition – Part 2

Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition – Part 2

This post is the second in a three-part series highlighting youth science competitions that task young people with the real challenges and rewards of a life in research.

February 17, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Hangout with Kit Parker: Engineering the Body

When I told Kit Parker of Harvard University to think about explaining what he does to teenagers who would be watching our Google Science Fair Hangout On Air earlier today, he had a great answer for me: “My job is to work on cool.” Among Parker’s many “cool” research passions are understanding cardiac cell biology [...]

March 25, 2015 — Mariette DiChristina

Verizon Ad Warns Parents Not to Squelch Daughters' Interest in Science

At a time when we are still seeing subtle and not-so-subtle opposition to fostering young girls’ interest in STEM disciplines and to women’s mobility in professional science, it’s encouraging to see this ad from Verizon asking parents to not squelch their daughters’ natural curiosity.

June 12, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Astrophysics, Citizen Science and the Google Science Fair

Astrophysics, Citizen Science and the Google Science Fair

Find out why Oxford University astrophysicist and founder of The Zooniverse Chris Lintott believes that humanity’s ability to be “deliciously distractable” is a creative engine powering the benefits of citizen science for discovery–and how, if you are a researcher, you might like to “play with your phyiscs.” With Google Student Ambassador Hanne Paine, we had [...]

March 7, 2014 — Mariette DiChristina
Build-A-Monster From the Inside Out

Build-A-Monster From the Inside Out

Spongelab has taken their popular Build-a-Body educational anatomy app and given it a Halloween makeov- umm, makeover is the wrong word. Halloween skin?

October 31, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Technology Revitalizes Hands-On Education in Classrooms

Technology Revitalizes Hands-On Education in Classrooms

Technology has abstracted the educational sphere in the way it has abstracted all other aspects of our lives. Pencils and paper have given way to the more amorphous cloud-based computing, kids are presenting more with Prezi than on poster boards, and work can be turned in online instead of in-hand.

November 7, 2014 — Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters
When Being Borinqueña Acquired New Meaning

When Being Borinqueña Acquired New Meaning

I knew my idea was not unique, mainly because it originated from a collective need. Like many others, I felt the need to have a voice and to form a space for a community that would highlight and represent the women in science of Puerto Rico.

November 15, 2014 — Greetchen Díaz
Google Science Fair Hangout On Air: Meet the Deep-Sea-Diving Exosuit

Google Science Fair Hangout On Air: Meet the Deep-Sea-Diving Exosuit

Scientists studying marine life now have a new tool in a next-generation atmospheric diving system called the Exosuit. The suit–which looks like something an astronaut would wear and is on display at the American Museum of Natural History until March 5–lets a diver descend to 1,000 feet at surface pressure for several hours.

February 27, 2014 — Mariette DiChristina

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