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Stories by Amanda Baker

The Toughest Audience: Presenting Your Research to a Panel of Kids

Frontiers for Young Minds hosted its first live review event at the Chabot Space and Science Center as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. Researchers presented their work in 5-minute presentations, and then were questioned by a panel of Young Reviewers – ages 9-17 – in front of a live audience.

November 17, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Students Get Creative When Competing to Study Genes in Space

Creativity may not be a term that the average person would associate with DNA research or space exploration, but the youth science competition Genes in Space is showing students and teachers that the concepts actually go hand-in-hand. The competition introduces students to cutting-edge technology, asks them to propose real-world questions about the effects of space travel on living organisms, teams students up with science experts, and then performs the winning experiment on the International Space Station.

July 14, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Never Perfect: Making Research Decisions about Close Enough for Now

Imagine you have been plopped in the middle of a desert and asked to make a geologic map of the surrounding square mile over the next seven hours. What would you do? How would you start? Making decisions in this kind of setting depends on interpreting your surroundings enough to create working hypotheses that will help you decide where to go, when and what to look for once you get there

June 23, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Trying for Fun, and Ending Up with a Textbook Instead

In the process of trying to design an article that did not feel like a textbook, we created an article that reminded kids of just that. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that knowing about your audience is the same as knowing what they actually like

June 16, 2015 — Amanda Baker

How Quickly Can (and Should) You Judge a Face?

The internet is filled with claims about how we form initial assessments of other people within the first ten minutes - or even the first ten seconds - of meeting them.

March 24, 2015 — Amanda Baker
Not Your Grandma's Science Competition - Part 3

Not Your Grandma's Science Competition - Part 3

This post is the third 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 24, 2015 — Amanda Baker
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
Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition: Part 1

Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition: Part 1

This post is the first 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 10, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Teens These Days, Always Changing Their Gray Matter

While we all may vary on just how much time we like spending with other people, humans are overall very social beings. Scientists have already found this to be reflected in our health and well-being - with social isolation being associated with more depression, worse health, and a shorter life.

February 3, 2015 — Amanda Baker
Aiming Too High (Or Too Low) When Communicating Science

Aiming Too High (Or Too Low) When Communicating Science

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a workshop for researchers about communicating science to the public. At one point the speaker suggested that the first step for anyone would be to learn how to translate scientific concepts so that a child would be able to understand them.

January 27, 2015 — Amanda Baker

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