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Stories by Anna Kuchment

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

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

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

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

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

Museum Plans to Put Scientists On Display

A rendering of the exterior of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Research Center Imagine walking through a science museum and, among the usual displays of dinosaur bones, butterflies, and amphibians you come upon a series of windows into state-of-the-art research labs...

January 20, 2012 — Anna Kuchment

Building A (Real) Bridge to 2012

One winning solution, displayed at the Museum of Science Boston The paper bridge we built, holding up numerous poker chips How does a bridge work?

December 31, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
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