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Teens Engineer a Way to Help Swazi Farmers

Teens Engineer a Way to Help Swazi Farmers

The 14-year-old winners of the Google Science Fair's Science in Action Award, sponsored by Scientific American, discuss their project: a way for subsistence farmers to grow crops in larger quantities using hydroponics instead of soil

June 6, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
The Transit of Venus: Viewing Tips from an Astronomer

The Transit of Venus: Viewing Tips from an Astronomer

My family is gearing up for a big weekend of science in New York City. First, there's the annual World Science Festival, which this year is bringing free activities like bug hunting, weather forecasting and marine ecology research to Brooklyn Bridge Park among many other locations.

June 1, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
School Turns Engineering Faculty into Superheroes

School Turns Engineering Faculty into Superheroes

The George Washington University engineering school's Pinhas Ben-Tzvi as RobotronMan A recent survey by Intel found that only 28 percent of teenagers had ever considered becoming engineers and that only 5 percent associated engineering with the word "cool." That's not terribly surprising given that engineering ranks in the bottom half of professions with which teens are familiar, falling below teacher, doctor, nurse, police officer, chef, lawyer, musician, professional athlete, scientist, and computer programmer.

May 18, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Evolution and Climate Change Should Be Taught in Schools, Say States

Evolution and Climate Change Should Be Taught in Schools, Say States

CREDIT: Martin Cron, via Flikr One day after new test results showed that only 32 percent of U.S. 8 th graders are proficient in science, a group of 26 states has helped draft a document that may bring about a major overhaul of science education in this country.

May 11, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Earth Day Science for Kids: How Rain Drops Form

Earth Day Science for Kids: How Rain Drops Form

 Two graduate students from the City University of New York's NOAA-CREST program showed me this simple experiment, above, for young kids. The three of us volunteered at an Earth Day fair at a New York City elementary school on Friday, and kids were mesmerized by it.It illustrates the concepts of accretion -- when the tiny droplets of water that form clouds bump into each other and combine to form larger drops -- and cohesion, the attraction that water molecules have for each other.

April 22, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Spring Science Festivals Mix Stars from Sky and Screen

Spring Science Festivals Mix Stars from Sky and Screen

The Cambridge Science Festival 2011, courtesy of the M.I.T. Museum Earlier this week The New York Times profiled the director of the M.I.T. Museum and founder of the Cambridge Science Festival, John Durant.

April 14, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Food Safety: A Job for 10-Year-Olds?

Food Safety: A Job for 10-Year-Olds?

Earlier this month, I watched groups of kids ages 9 to 16 present their own original ideas for solving major food safety problems. They were participating in the annual First Lego League challenge, the robotics competition founded by inventor Dean Kamen and Lego.

March 21, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Parents Play a Crucial Role in Building Kids' Interest in Science and Math

Parents Play a Crucial Role in Building Kids' Interest in Science and Math

Earlier this week the Girl Scouts, which turns 100 this year, released an interesting report on teenage girls' attitudes toward science and math. Some highlights: 74 percent of girls ages 14 to 17 report an interest in science, technology, engineering or math (known as STEM) Parents play a major role in getting their kids interested in these subjects.

February 17, 2012 — Anna Kuchment

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