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January 24, 2022 6:00 AM
February is Black History Month. Learn more about some of the many African American scientists and engineers who have made important contributions to science history. Black History Month: 32 Scientists to learn more about! Update! This post has been updated for 2022 to include additional African American scientists and engineers. In honor of Black History Month, we highlight 28 African American scientists and engineers who made important contributions… Read more
October 27, 2021 8:00 AM
Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by learning more about some of the many Native American scientists and engineers who have made important contributions to science history. Native American Heritage Month: Scientists to learn more about! Diversity in STEM To help students see themselves with a future in STEM and to broaden understanding of science history, it is important for students to learn about a diverse range of scientists and… Read more
September 9, 2021 8:34 AM
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning more about some of the many Hispanic and Latinx scientists and engineers who have made important contributions to science history. Hispanic Heritage Month: Scientists to learn more about! Update! This post has been updated for 2021 to include additional scientists and engineers. Diversity in STEM To help students see themselves with a future in STEM and to broaden understanding of science history, it is… Read more
July 21, 2021 10:00 AM
Kids can learn more about science and engineering careers and "test-drive" their interest in certain careers by trying one of these science experiments related to popular STEM career paths. Test-drive These Exciting STEM Careers Many kids are interested in popular science and engineering careers they hear about, but do they know what it's really like to go to work in that career? What kinds of tasks, projects, and experiments does someone in that job… Read more
January 12, 2021 1:00 PM
Dr. Jane Goodall's fieldwork with chimpanzees in Tanzania changed how we think about primates and their relationship to humans. Stories of Diversity, Disability, and Difference in STEM This profile is the 10th in our STEM is for Everyone: Scientists with Disabilities series, sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. Many of the inspiring scientists and engineers we have featured have disabilities that are visible or more apparent from the… Read more
November 20, 2020 8:00 AM
Annie Jump Cannon's work evaluating the brightness of stars led to the spectral classification system used by astronomers today. A Fascination with Stars Born in 1863, Annie Jump Cannon was fortunate that her mother encouraged an interest in astronomy. Cannon learned the constellations as a child, and she and her mother observed the stars in the night sky from a lookout in their attic. Cannon's early love of the sky led her to study physics at… Read more
October 16, 2020 8:00 AM
Encourage your students to dream big! See K-12 STEM projects and activities that relate to the 2020 Nobel Prizes. Announcement earlier this month of the 2020 Nobel Prize winners brought recognition to exciting research in areas of physics, space science, health and human biology, biotechnology and genetics, and the global challenge of ensuring adequate food supply for the world's population. These annual awards honor the pinnacle of science,… Read more
September 29, 2020 9:00 AM
Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig was a pioneer in pediatric cardiology and changed the outcome for thousands of children born with blue baby syndrome. Due to hearing loss, Dr. Taussig used her hands to "listen" to heart rhythms. A Career Studying the Heart Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig's research and work as a physician made a difference for thousands of babies born with congenital heart defects. She also helped prevent a potential epidemic of birth defects by… Read more
July 31, 2020 8:00 AM
Richard Mankin is an entomologist who studies bugs and insects by "listening" to them. Using acoustic tools, Mankin helps detect, monitor, and solve problems related to pests and invasive species. A Career Studying Bugs and Insects Scientists who study bugs and insects often do fieldwork to track and observe their subjects by looking. Turning over a log, peering closely at a pile of dirt, or investigating tree leaves can reveal a thriving ecosystem… Read more
July 16, 2020 6:00 AM
Wanda Díaz-Merced was forced to find new ways to continue her work as an astrophysicist after going blind. Today, she uses sonification to approach space data from a different angle — with her ears. A Career Studying Space When we think of astronomers, astrophysicists, and space scientists, we often think about looking at the sky. Many kids grow up learning to identify constellations they can see on a clear night, maybe having… Read more
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