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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
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

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
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

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
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
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

Adventurous Math For the Playground Set

Guest post by math educators Maria Droujkova and Yelena McManaman, authors of the new family math book “Moebius Noodles: Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd” Children dream big.

April 29, 2013 — Anna Kuchment